Rye Whiskey, Bourbon’s spicy cousin, has seen a huge resurgence in recent years. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, Rye whiskey sales have increased 536% in the past five years. The increased appreciation for the spirit has led to demand for higher quality Rye Whiskies. This has also led to a slew of new Rye whiskies joining the market. Here are a few of the best old and new Rye Whiskies available in the US.

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Wild Turkey 101 Rye

Jimmy Russell has always insisted on a higher Rye content in Wild Turkey’s whiskey than other distillers. “That’s what gives us our signature Wild Turkey heat,” says Eddie Russell, Wild Turkey’s Associate Distiller. “He has maintained for years that the spicy notes in the back of the throat are unique to what we do here at Wild Turkey and I think it’s given me a greater appreciation for that flavor profile.”

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Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye

This six-year-old Rye Whiskey was bottled at a potent 104 proof. “Originally, I hoped to bottle this at 110 proof, but thought it was too sweet at that level of alcohol so we brought it down just a little bit,” says Russell.

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Bulleit Rye

First released in 2011, this straight rye whiskey has won many awards including a double gold at the 2011 and 2013 World Spirits Competition. It’s oaky and smooth with a spicy finish that will leave you wanting more.

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Templeton Rye

When you think of whiskey, you don’t often think of Iowa, but Templeton has been making rye for almost 100 years. Referred to as “the good stuff”, Templeton Rye is still produced in a tiny Iowa town, but can now be purchased all over the world.

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Knob Creek Rye

This 100 proof rye from famed whiskey makers Knob Creek is made in small batches. It’s a spicy rye that is also full of caramel and vanilla undertones.

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Sazerac Rye

Buffalo Trace is one of the most beloved distilleries in the US. The makers of Stagg, Blanton’s and the highly sought after Pappy Van Winkle also make a pretty darn good rye. Sazerac Rye, winner of multiple awards also received a rating of 94.5 from whiskey expert Jim Murray.

 

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Redemption Rye

This straight American rye whiskey is made from 95% premium rye. After distillation, it’s matured in new, charred American oak casks for two years. This 92 proof whiskey is high on rye and high on flavor.

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Whistlepig Rye

This rye is aged for ten years in two different casks including finishing in bourbon barrels. It’s a potent 100 proof and was released for the firs time in 2010. In the past five years, it’s won multiple awards and is commonly listed as one of the best American rye whiskies.  

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Woodford Reserve Straight Kentucky Rye Whiskey

It seems like Woodford Reserve does everything right. Their rye whiskey is no different. It’s a full-flavored sipping whiskey with hints of pepper and vanilla for the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.

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Rittenhouse Rye

This sometimes hard to find, classic rye is available in both 80 and 100 proof varieties. It’s just as good in cocktails as it is on its own. It’s a favorite of bartenders because of its unique, spicy flavor.

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