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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 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
WhistlePig

WhistlePig is a fantastic brand of straight rye whisk(e)y which is distilled and initially matured in Canada before being aged further, at the WhistlePig Farm in Vermont. The Master Distiller for…  More info

WhistlePig 10 Year Old
5
$76.58

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

70cl, 55.20%
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%)
$93.39

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (54.6%)

70cl, 54.60%
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%)
$93.39

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Rare Rye Selection

70cl, 46.20%
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
$125.65

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
$163.89

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
$218.90

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
7
$30.79

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
$43.24

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
4
$43.60

Wild Turkey Straight Rye

70cl, 41%
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
$43.73

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
$50.30

Zuidam Dutch Rye 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Zuidam

A rye whisky from the Netherlands! This is a 5 year old made in small batches at the Zuidam distillery.  More info

Zuidam Dutch Rye 5 Year Old
2
$51.75

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
3
$52.55

Wild Turkey Kentucky Rye - 1996

70cl, 50.50%
Wild Turkey

This is a rye whiskey bottled by famous Bourbon distillers Austin Nichols in 1996.  More info

Wild Turkey Kentucky Rye - 1996
1
$52.55

Sazerac Straight Rye

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

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, owner also of Peychaud’s…  More info

Sazerac Straight Rye
18
$54.42

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
3

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
2
$54.69

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
$56.33

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
4
$57.24

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye (75cl)

75cl, 49.50%
Smooth Ambler

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

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye (75cl)
3

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

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
$65.69

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
$71.11

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
2

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

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