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.
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.”
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.
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.Link
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.Link
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.Link
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.Link