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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.

1512 Spirits Aged Rye Whiskey (37.5cl)

37cl, 47%
1512 Spirits

An aged 100% rye whiskey, following 1512 Spirits' excellent Barbershop Rye spirit. Master Distiller, Salvatore P. Cimino (who works at his barber shop by day) hand crafts these tremendous artisanal…  More info

1512 Spirits Aged Rye Whiskey (37.5cl)
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$48.17

Shefford Manor 3 Year Old Canadian Rye

70cl, 40%
Shefford Manor

3 year old Canadian rye whisky, named after a lodge supposedly owned by a Prohibition era whisky blender who sold his wares to those that came up to Quebec to get the hands on contraband alcohol.  More info

Shefford Manor 3 Year Old Canadian Rye
$30.34

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye

70cl, 45.20%
Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve's Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey has made it to our shores! Produced using a mash-bill of 53% rye, this rye shows off its spice up front and balances it well with notes of fresh fruit…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye
$57.29

Koval Rye

50cl, 40%
Koval

Made with 100% rye, which Koval source locally, this is a single barrel release aged in American oak from Minnesota.  More info

Koval Rye
$43.55

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
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$71.48

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

75cl, 57.50%
Smooth Ambler

Estimated despatch 30th August 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…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Rye (cask 2534) Single Barrel Release
$98.07

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

75cl, 57.20%
Smooth Ambler

Estimated despatch 30th August 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…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Rye (cask 1362) Single Barrel Release
$98.07

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
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$50.98

Knob Creek Rye

70cl, 50%
Jim Beam

It's here! Knob Creek's Rye Whiskey is finally here! Unveiled in the US in 2012, Knob Creek Rye has made its way to our fair shores, bringing with it a flavour profile that strikes a wonderful…  More info

Knob Creek Rye
5
$43.06

Pikesville 6 Year Old 110 Proof Straight Rye

75cl, 55%
Heaven Hill

A fantastic rye whiskey produced in Kentucky, the Pikesville brand dates back to 1895 in Maryland. This 6 year old 110 proof was released in 2015, receiving a Double Gold at the San Francisco World…  More info

Pikesville 6 Year Old 110 Proof Straight Rye
5
$70.82

Michter’s 10 Year Old Rye

70cl, 46.40%
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
$112.24

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

75cl, 57.70%
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
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Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old

75cl, 47.80%
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
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$926.69

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye

70cl, 49.50%
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
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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
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$56.10

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
$163.21

Redemption 6 Year Old Rye - Barrel Proof

75cl, 60.90%
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
$106.79

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
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$43.42

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)
$141.67

WhistlePig 11 Year Old - TripleOne

75cl, 55.50%
WhistlePig

Rare and very sought after, WhistlePig 11 Year Old Straight Rye Whisk(e)y is made with excellent quality rye whisky from Canada which is matured and bottled at WhistlePig Farm in Vermont. For this…  More info

WhistlePig 11 Year Old - TripleOne
$125.32

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog (cask 59)

75cl, 61.60%
WhistlePig

"I have $100 for whoever knocks that loud-mouth son of a bitch out." Ah, Boss Hogg. This is Boss Hog with just one 'g', however... This is, in fact, 13 (and a half) year old 100% rye whisky bottled…  More info

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog (cask 59)
$187.89

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog (cask 47)

75cl, 61.30%
WhistlePig

A 13 year old rye whisky! WhistlePig named these single cask releases 'The Boss Hog', but you don't need a white suit and cigar to appreciate them! "...We love you too Boss Hog."  More info

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog (cask 47)
$187.89

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2015 Release)

75cl, 63.50%
Buffalo Trace

The 2015 Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye whiskey from the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, this year bottled at 63.5% abv. Named after the legendary New Orleans bartender, this celebrated rye is…  More info

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2015 Release)
$140.04

Templeton Rye

75cl, 40%
Templeton Rye Spirits

A good choice for cocktails, Templeton Rye is a bold, spicy expression which is distilled in Indiana. Just packed with classic rye notes, along with sweet toffee touches bringing balance to the…  More info

Templeton Rye
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$54.46

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog (cask 63)

75cl, 58.50%
WhistlePig

The boss among WhistlePig's range of rye whiskies is The Boss Hog, a yearly release from the brand. The 2014 release is a 13 year old single barrel rye, bottled at cask strength. This particular…  More info

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog (cask 63)
$187.12

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