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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.

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 31)

75cl, 59.4%
WhistlePig

The Boss Hog releases from WhistlePig showcase some really top-drawer rye whiskey. For the 2016 edition, they released a 14 year old rye that was finished in casks refitted with new American oak…  More info

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 31)
$283.82

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 28)

75cl, 60.3%
WhistlePig

14 year old rye whiskey from WhistlePig's Boss Hog 2016 Edition! For this particular release (they do Boos Hog bottlings once a year), they've given their well-aged rye a finishing period in hogshead…  More info

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 28)

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Rare Rye Selection

70cl, 46.2%
Woodford Reserve

The 2011 Master's Collection release from Woodford Reserve featured a very interesting set of two half-bottles of rye whiskey. One of the rye whiskeys was aged in a new American oak cask (akin to how…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Rare Rye Selection
$121.66

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey

70cl, 53.5%
Michter's Distillery

Unveiled in 2017, Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey is an exciting release from the Kentucky-based distillers. It enjoys a finishing period in casks made from air-dried oak and toasted -…  More info

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey
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$97.28

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 19)

75cl, 60.3%
WhistlePig

Every year, WhistlePig release a limited edition (and generally marvellous) rye whiskey under their Boss Hog range. This is the 2016 edition bottling - a 14 year old rye, which was given a finishing…  More info

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 19)

Masterson's 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Masterson's

Named for Bat Masterson (a man who held many roles, including buffalo hunter, gunfighter, newspaper journalist, army scout, gambler), this is a 10 year old Canadian rye whiskey bottled in the USA.…  More info

Masterson's 10 Year Old
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$70.92

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
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$30.15

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)

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
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Jim Beam Rye (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A great value rye from Jim Beam, commonly referred to as yellow label because it has, as you can clearly ascertain, a yellow label. These days Jim Beam Rye actually has a green label, making that…  More info

Jim Beam Rye (Old Bottling)
$27.18

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 22)

75cl, 60.3%
WhistlePig

A limited edition 14 year old rye from those WhistlePig chaps, released as part of their Boss Hog 2016 Edition release. These tasty rascals were finished in hogshead casks refitted with new American…  More info

WhistlePig 14 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2016 Edition (cask 22)

Rock Town Arkansas Rye

75cl, 46%
Rock Town

From the awesome folks at the Rock Town distillery in Little Rock, Arkansas, comes their very own Rye Whiskey. As there hadn't been any rye grown in Arkansas for a long time, the Rock Town distillers…  More info

Rock Town Arkansas Rye

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2016 Release)

75cl, 63.1%
Thomas H. Handy

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)
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James Oliver Rye

75cl, 50%
Indio Spirits

James Oliver Rye is an intense rye whiskey bottled Oregon-based producers Indio Spirits. With a mashbill of 100% rye grain and matured in heavily charred casks before being bottled at 50% ABV. Sure…  More info

James Oliver Rye
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$51.23

High West Rendezvous Rye

75cl, 46%
High West

A tasty NAS rye whisky from Utah, made in small batches. This won a Double Gold at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Loads of sweet spices…  More info

High West Rendezvous Rye

Colonel EH Taylor Straight Rye

75cl, 50%
Colonel EH Taylor

Bottled in Bond and named for Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor - a staunch supporter of the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act, this is a fabulous rye whiskey which is aged for four years before bottling.  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Straight Rye
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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.  More info

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old
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Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2014 Release)

75cl, 64.6%
Thomas H. Handy

A frequent favourite and award winner, the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye whiskey from the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is a definite crowd-pleaser. As ever, this comes bottled at a…  More info

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2014 Release)

Wild Turkey Straight Rye

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

A rye whiskey from Wild Turkey, bottled at 101 US Proof. This was awarded a silver medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and it has an incredibly spicy, rich flavour.  More info

Wild Turkey Straight Rye
$40.50

High West Double Rye! 75cl

75cl, 46%
High West

A rye whiskey from David Perkins' brilliant High West in Utah. It is made up of a 2 year old with a mashbill that is 95% rye and a 16 year old with a mashbill that is 53% rye and 37% corn. The result…  More info

High West Double Rye! 75cl
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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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Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (55.2%)

70cl, 55.2%
Michter's Distillery

A single barrel straight rye bottled at 55.2%, having been filled at Michter's 103 proof. This is something that costs more than filling at the higher industry standard, but it also helps to produce…  More info

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (55.2%)
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$86.49

Sazerac 18 Year Old (2016 Release)

75cl, 45%
Sazerac

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)
$131.75

Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2008)

75cl, 45%
Sazerac

The ultimate rye whiskey, this 18 year old is an Editor's Choice at Whisky Mag. Malt Advocate’s John Hansell consistently praises this very highly and this was actually Jim Murray’s World Whisky of…  More info

Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2008)

Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2009)

75cl, 45%
Sazerac

Maximum one bottle per customer.It's arrived! Last year's release of this incredible Rye was Jim Murray's 2010 World Whisky of the Year, quite an accolade. We couldn't wait to try the 2009 release of…  More info

Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2009)

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