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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.

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
$119.05

Colonel EH Taylor Straight Rye

75cl, 50%
Old Fashioned Copper Distillery

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
$122.71

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

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

FEW & The Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey

75cl, 40%
FEW Spirits

A collaborative rye whiskey from the excellent FEW Spirits in Evanston, Illinois, and legendary psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips! Their Brainville Rye (named after a song on The Flaming Lips'…  More info

FEW & The Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey
1
$134.80

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

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
3
$48.06

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

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 16 Year Old

75cl, 46%
High West

A 16 year old rye whiskey from High West, made in very small batches in Utah, all the bottles are numbered.  More info

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 16 Year Old

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 21 Year Old

75cl, 46%
High West

A 21 year old rye whiskey from High West in Utah, made in refill barrels, this is extremely rare, and made in very small batches. Each bottle is numbered.  More info

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 21 Year Old
2

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
1
$52.42

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
$53.38

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
1
$43.29

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still - early 2000s

70cl, 43%
D. Michael Booth

Now legendary Canadian rye whisky produced in a 12,000 litre pot still back in the early 2000s.  More info

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still - early 2000s
4
$49.79

McGuinness Old Canada Whisky

74cl, 35%
McGuinness Distillers Ltd.

Tom McGuinness is a human who works for Master of Malt. This isn't his whisky though. No. Bad Tom. Drop it.  More info

McGuinness Old Canada Whisky
3
$47.66

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (53.9%)

70cl, 53.9%
Michter's Distillery

You'll find a number of these releases, each bottled at different natural cask strengths after having been filled at 103 proof. They're filled at a lower strength than the industry standard as…  More info

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (53.9%)
$88.49

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

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

Michter’s 25 Year Old Straight Rye

70cl, 58.7%
Michter's Distillery

A jaw-dropping 25 year old straight Rye whiskey from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. This single barrel expression spends a quarter of a century maturing in charred new American…  More info

Michter’s 25 Year Old Straight Rye
$429.92

Old Overholt 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey - 2000s

100cl, 40%
Overholt

Old Overholt is a very, very old brand of straight rye whiskey, established in 1810 by Abraham Overholt. It is aged for four years before being bottled and is now produced under the learned eyes of…  More info

Old Overholt 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey - 2000s
$62.24

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

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey - 1960s

75cl, 43%
Overholt

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey has been in production for over 200 years now, which is pretty impressive to say the least. This bottle was produced in the 1960s, so while it might not be centuries…  More info

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey - 1960s
$149.37

Pikesville Straight Rye

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

This straight rye is made in the Maryland/Potomac style of rye whiskey. Pikesville offers a spicy, rich character. Great in a Manhattan!  More info

Pikesville Straight Rye
5
$29.18

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

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

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