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Rye Whiskey

Rye whiskey was widely prevalent before Prohibition took hold of America, for it was a hardy grain that could be grown without too much difficulty. The main difference from Bourbon is the mash bill. The mash bill is the list of grains used for distillation and, in America, rye whiskey is distilled from a minimum of 51% rye alongside barley, wheat and corn. It is the raw ingredient, the rye, that proffers the unique flavour profile; a savoury, spiciness.

Rye whiskey was the original cocktail spirit, when the first manhattans were stirred in pre-Prohibition era America. Canadian whisky is often referred to as rye whisky, though the mash bill need not contain any rye for it to be Canadian whisky. Historically, Canadian whisky was largely based upon rye, though lawfully in Canada whiskies may be referred to as ‘Canadian Whisky, ‘Rye Whisky’ or ‘Canadian Rye Whisky’ regardless of the rye content.

For some time, rye whiskey was largely out of fashion, but there has been a great resurgence recently, with premium brands, including Old Rip Van Winkle and Sazerac, producing wonderful spirits.

Tomahawk Maple Whisky

70cl, 32%
Tomahawk

Oh Canada! This is a Canadian liqueur made with rye whisky and maple syrup, along with a touch of natural maple flavours. Undoubtedly Canadian and undoubtedly delicious too.  More info

Tomahawk Maple Whisky
2
$30.55

Sazerac Straight Rye (75cl)

75cl, 45%
Sazerac

A classic straight rye whiskey, named for the New Orleans coffee house which was the birthplace of the eponymous cocktail - the one and only Sazerac. While it was originally made with Cognac, the…  More info

Sazerac Straight Rye (75cl)
5
$51.45

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 24)

75cl, 60.2%
WhistlePig

It's the annual Boss Hog release from Vermont's WhistlePig! The 2016 edition is titled The Independent, and is a 14 year old rye whiskey finished in hogshead casks refitted with new American oak…  More info

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 24)
$285.19

Millstone 100 Rye Whisky

70cl, 50%
Zuidam

Almost everything to do with the Millstone 100 Rye Whisky, from Dutch experts Zuidam, is to do with the number 100. It's made with 100% rye grain, 100% small pot still distillation, matured for 100…  More info

Millstone 100 Rye Whisky
3
$64.65

WhistlePig 15 Year Old

75cl, 46%
WhistlePig

Released in 2016, this is the 15 year old straight rye whiskey from WhistlePig in Vermont - their oldest release so far! Interestingly, their 15 year old expression has enjoyed a finishing period in…  More info

WhistlePig 15 Year Old
$207.40

Sazerac 18 Year Old (2016 Release)

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

The auction ended at 20:00 (GMT) Thu 22nd December with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) donated to Malaria No More UK. It's the Sazerac 18 Year Old rye whiskey from the Buffalo…  More info

Sazerac 18 Year Old (2016 Release)
$134.79

WhistlePig 12 Year Old - Old World

75cl, 43%
WhistlePig

Unveiled in mid-2015, the WhistlePig Old World is an exciting 12 year old straight rye whiskey which has been finished in a selection of wine casks - 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port. It's…  More info

WhistlePig 12 Year Old - Old World
1
$155.28

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2016 Release)

75cl, 63.1%
Buffalo Trace

The auction ended at 20:00 (GMT) Thu 22nd December with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) donated to Malaria No More UK. The Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey is released once a…  More info

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2016 Release)
1
$133.76

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old

75cl, 47.8%
Old Rip Van Winkle

In keeping with Old Rip Van Winkle’s range, this bottling is a decidedly well-aged whiskey, this rye was aged for 13 years and has a refined maturity. This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old
2
$984.38

Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 60.5%
Mountain Laurel Spirits

A single barrel rye whiskey from the Dad's Hat range, produced in Bristol, Pennsylvania. It was distilled in January 2013 and bottled at cask strength September 2016, released as part of La Maison du…  More info

Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye  (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$84.57

George Dickel Rye Whisky 1l

100cl, 45%
George Dickel Whisky

Rye whisky from George Dickel, one of the few distilleries to produce Tennessee whisky! They use 95% rye and 5% malted barley as a mashbill and mature the whisky in barrels with a #4 char and heads…  More info

George Dickel Rye Whisky 1l
3
$63.10

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (54.6%)

70cl, 54.6%
Michter's Distillery

Single barrel straight rye filled at 103 proof (lower than the industry standard) to yield the desired results, despite the greater cost.  More info

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (54.6%)
$88.49

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Rye (cask 1362) Single Barrel Release

75cl, 57.2%
Smooth Ambler

Single barrel rye whiskey here from the Smooth Ambler Old Scout range! This was matured in cask #1362 for 9 years before the Smooth Ambler team bottled it up at 57.2% ABV. These single barrel…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Rye (cask 1362) Single Barrel Release
$93.31

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Rye (cask 2534) Single Barrel Release

75cl, 57.5%
Smooth Ambler

This right here is a 9 year old rye whiskey which has been bottled by the fantastic folks over at the Smooth Ambler distillery in West Virginia as part of their Old Scout range. It was drawn from…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Rye (cask 2534) Single Barrel Release
$93.31

Old Overholt Straight Rye

100cl, 40%
Overholt

Old Overholt is an appropriately old brand of rye whiskey and one half of "The Olds", alongside Bad Santa's favourite, Old Grand-Dad. It's a classic straight rye produced by Jim Beam.  More info

Old Overholt Straight Rye
1
$48.51

Discovery Road Smile 100% Rye

70cl, 46%
Discovery Road

100% rye whisky from... Holland?! That's right, this Discovery Road bottling of 7 year old 100% rye whisky comes from Holland. Dominic Roskrow, whisky writer and founder of the Craft Distillers'…  More info

Discovery Road Smile 100% Rye
1
$68.01

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye

75cl, 45%
Rebel Yell

A small batch rye whiskey from the famous wheated straight bourbon brand Rebel Yell. Made with rye, corn and malted barley (rye whiskies must contain at least 51% rye in the mashbill) it's a much…  More info

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye
$36.71

Michter’s 10 Year Old Rye

70cl, 46.4%
Michter's Distillery

Single barrel 10 year old straight rye whiskey from Michter's distillery out in Louisville, Kentucky. Wonderful stuff, packed with spicy rye goodness and well balanced notes of toffee and vanilla.  More info

Michter’s 10 Year Old Rye
$106.79

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8 Year Old Rye (cask 1361) Single Barrel Release

75cl, 57.7%
Smooth Ambler

Single barrel rye, you say? Oh yes, this is a fantastic single barrel rye whiskey that has been released as part of Smooth Ambler's Old Scout range. It was matured for 8 years before being bottled by…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8 Year Old  Rye (cask 1361) Single Barrel Release
2

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye

70cl, 49.5%
Smooth Ambler

After searching for months and months to find a rye whiskey worthy of their Old Scout label, the Smooth Ambler chaps discovered this tasty little devil and brought it home to their distillery in West…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye
2

Jefferson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey

70cl, 47%
McLain & Kyne

Looking at Jefferson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey, you could easily be fooled into thinking it's an American product, made for and by proud Americans, just like Thomas Jefferson himself. But…  More info

Jefferson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
1
$53.37

WhistlePig 12 Year Old Madeira Cask - Old World Series

75cl, 45%
WhistlePig

WhistlePig have finished some 12 year old rye whiskey (95% rye and 5% malted barley) they sourced in Madeira casks. It's a delicious experiment inspired by 'the old world' and in particular the work…  More info

WhistlePig 12 Year Old Madeira Cask - Old World Series
$155.28

Redemption 6 Year Old Rye - Barrel Proof

75cl, 60.9%
Redemption

This intense straight rye whiskey comes from the Redemption range of American whiskeys, matured for 6 years and bottled at barrel proof. Made with 95% premium rye and 5% malted barley, this has…  More info

Redemption 6 Year Old Rye - Barrel Proof
$101.61

Redemption Rye Whiskey

75cl, 46%
Redemption

A straight rye whiskey made with a mashbill of 95% rye for intensity and spiciness. Aged for over 2 years and bottled at 46%, this is bold stuff! Absolutely perfect on its own or in a cocktail.  More info

Redemption Rye Whiskey
5
$41.31

Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye (2015 Release)

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky straight rye whiskey from the 2015 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection! Cue excitement! This is the last batch bottled from the same award-winning liquid that's been…  More info

Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye (2015 Release)
$134.79

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