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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.

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
1
$29.33

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
$120.96

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)
2
$46.57

Roughstock Montana Straight Rye Whiskey

70cl, 45%
Roughstock

A 100% rye grain whiskey from Montana distillery, Roughstock. Their Straight Rye is classically spicy and drying, with sweeter notes of toffee and vanilla giving it balance. A top choice for classic…  More info

Roughstock Montana Straight Rye Whiskey
$50.41

Jim Beam Rye

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. It's a favourite of whisky bible author Jim Murray, and won best…  More info

Jim Beam Rye
6
$26.03

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
$65.69

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye

70cl, 45.2%
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
$45.27

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
$42.10

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey comes from the James E. Pepper brand, a name that has long been known in the American whiskey world, though not as much recently as it was in the early 1900s. Happily, the…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey
2
$47.38

Wild Turkey Straight Rye (40.5%)

70cl, 40.5%
Wild Turkey

A fabulous rye whiskey from the Wild Turkey brand - this is a top-quality choice for use in cocktails, but also tasted mighty fine splashed over a couple of ice cubes. Try it in a Manhattan or and…  More info

Wild Turkey Straight Rye (40.5%)
2
$34.60

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%)
1
$89.91

Michter's US*1 Straight Rye

70cl, 42.4%
Michter's Distillery

A straight rye whiskey from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Every bottle of their excellent rye comes from a single barrel, highlighting the quality of their craft. A top choice for…  More info

Michter's US*1 Straight Rye
3
$54.23

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
4
$40.07

Ragtime Rye Whiskey

75cl, 45.2%
New York Distilling Company

New York Distilling Company's rye whiskey has long been anticipated by cocktail enthusiasts around the world. Well wait no longer, mixologists, Ragtime Rye is ready to enjoy! Using a mashbill of 72%…  More info

Ragtime Rye Whiskey
$48.43

High West Rendezvous Rye (70cl)

70cl, 46%
High West

Boy howdy, sure does smell like darn good rye whiskey around these parts! Well golly, no wonder it does when there's High West Rendezvous Rye from Utah up in here! With a very high rye content in…  More info

High West Rendezvous Rye (70cl)
4
$59.37

Hudson Manhattan Rye

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Thanks to Tuthilltown Spirits, we can once again enjoy whiskey from New York, with this one in particular harking back to the pre-prohibition age of whiskey distillation in and around The Big…  More info

Hudson Manhattan Rye
11
$42.98

Rittenhouse Straight Rye

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

A rye whiskey crafted in the Monongahela style, this is produced by Heaven Hill, and is a very popular rye whiskey. Aged for 4 years.  More info

Rittenhouse Straight Rye
5
$27.40

Bulleit Rye

70cl, 45%
Bulleit

Has there ever been a moment when you've been sipping Bulleit Bourbon and wanted it to have even more rye? Well you're in luck, they now have their own Rye whiskey! Bulleit Rye is made with a…  More info

Bulleit Rye
34
$31.57

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
$157.78

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

A rye whiskey in the Pennsylvania style, this "carries a famous old Philadelphia name". Very tasty and aromatic.  More info

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
18
$37.93

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
$210.74

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
$136.96

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
8
$79.00

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%)
$89.91

Walker's Special Old Canadian Rye Whisky - 1970

74cl, 0%
Hiram Walker and Sons

A very cool antique from 1970, this is a bottle of Canadian rye whisky produced by Hiram Walker & Sons. It comes presented inn a very cool bottle, though oddly the label doesn't seem to list the ABV…  More info

Walker's Special Old Canadian Rye Whisky - 1970
$189.72

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