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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.

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A rather stylish bottle of Black Velvet Canadian Rye Whisky, produced in 1976. Very cool stuff.  More info
$224.35
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
$280.44
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
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$43.83
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
$62.24
Tom McGuinness is a human who works for Master of Malt. This isn't his whisky though. No. Bad Tom. Drop it.  More info
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$71.59
A rye whisky from the Netherlands! This is a 5 year old made in small batches at the Zuidam distillery.  More info
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$73.65
Now legendary Canadian rye whisky produced in a 12,000 litre pot still back in the early 2000s.  More info
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This is a rye whiskey bottled by famous Bourbon distillers Austin Nichols in 1996.  More info
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$74.78
FEW Rye Whiskey
(75cl, 46.50%)
This Rye Whiskey melds rye (70%) with the mellowness of corn (20%) and complexity of malted barley (10%) in its mash bill, leaving us with a rather fine drink indeed. The fermented mash is then...  More info
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$76.26
Sazerac Straight Rye
(70cl, 45%)
STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER

The whiskey is named for the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, birthplace of the famous – and sublime – Sazerac cocktail. The Coffee House was acquired by Thomas H Handy...  More info
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$77.45
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
$78.30
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
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$80.17
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
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$81.45
A 7 year old straight rye whiskey made with 95% rye and 5% malted barley that was 'Scouted' out by the chaps at Smooth Ambler for release as one of their curated whiskeys.

Smooth Ambler is a...  More info
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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
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
$93.48
A 1982 bottling of the famous Canadian whisky, Black Velvet. The whisky has recently had a resurgence on the international scene, and was named "Black Velvet" in the '40s by the master distiller Jack...  More info
A 16 year old rye whiskey from High West, made in very small batches in Utah, all the bottles are numbered.  More info
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
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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
This is part of the annual releases from Buffalo Trace's antique collection. The Thomas H Handy Sazerac is a cask strength rye whiskey which wins awards year-on-year - most recently the 2011 edition...  More info
$146.51
The 2011 release of Thomas H Handy Sazerac from Buffalo Trace's critically acclaimed Antique Collection. This is one huge, intensely spicy rye whiskey, highly recommended!  More info
$154.16
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
$160.40
The 2010 release of the stunning rye whisky, Thomas H Handy. Bottled at cask strength, this are very well aged and have loads of complexity.  More info
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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
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