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Rye Whiskey

Much like its sibling, bourbon, the US government has a strict definition on what makes up a rye whiskey. Production of the spirit must adhere to a set of criteria, which results in a punchy, fruity, slightly savory whiskey. Perfect for sipping and adding real depth to cocktails.

The History of Rye Whiskey
Rye whiskey was born in the Eastern United States as a result of the plentiful nature of rye growing in the area. In fact, it’s origin was motivated primarily by frugal farmers who, dismayed at seeing excess grain rot, sought to use it to make some extra profit. Quickly catching on a great idea, farmers realised that alcohol was not only easier to transport than grain, but worth far more on the open market.

What is Rye Whiskey?
Rye whiskey starts with a blend of grains, called a mash bill that forms the basis of the spirit. By law, rye’s mash bill must contain at least 51% percent rye. Corn or malted barley are generally used to make up the other percentage of grains.

The ground grain is mixed with spring water and a little of the mash from a previous distillation, making what’s known as a ‘sour mash.’ The reason behind using a percentage of older mash is to ensure a taste consistency. It also helps lower the pH value of the mash, which helps the yeasts in it ferment and, in turn, produce a higher alcohol percentage.

A little fresh yeast in then added and then the mixture is fermented. It’s then put through the traditional distillation process and then placed into charred oak barrels to age. The use of charred oak barrels allows the transfer of the barrels’ oaky, woody, caramel and vanilla favours into the whiskey. Did you know that Rye whiskey can survive temperatures below -30 Celsius?

The Difference Between Rye Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey
You may have seen the label ‘straight rye’ amongst your travels around whiskey. Is this different to standard rye? In short, yes. But only slightly.

Straight rye whiskey has to abide by the same standards as regular rye whiskey, but also to some additional requirements. It must be aged more than two years, with the bottle stating its age statement. (Unless it has been aged for more than four years, in which it doesn’t have to state its age.) It also must contain no colours, flavorings or added spirits.

Is Canadian Whiskey all Rye?  
Another common misconception about rye whiskey is that it’s the only form of whiskey produced in Canada. Traditionally, Canadian whiskey has always been rye heavy and through popular language, over time, was nicknamed ‘Rye’. Yet, this is not strictly accurate. Although a lot of Canadian whiskies still have a high rye content, not all of them do. Some h=have none at all. So, if you’re looking for a guaranteed high rye base, check the history. Canadian heritage is not guarantee of a rye!From 1865-2010, Canadian whisky was the best-selling whisky in the U.S.

Rye Whiskey on the Palate
The high proportion of rye in a rye whiskey's mash bill creates a drier, spicier and slightly more savory character than other whiskeys. It commonly offers elements of leather and tobacco, giving it real depth and personality.

If you’d like to try rye whiskey for yourself, why not let Frootbat start you off with some excellent recommendations:
FROOTBAT HAS 107 Rye Whiskeys AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Straight Rye Whiskey
Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$69.997 buying options
Ryemageddon Rye Whiskey
Corsair Ryemageddon Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.999 buying options
6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
Sazerac 6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$25.9915 buying options
Ravenswood Rye Organic Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Ravenswood Rye Organic Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$44.992 buying options
Maple Cask Rye Whiskey
Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$26.993 buying options
Northern Harvest Canadian Rye Whisky
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$17.9932 buying options
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
(ri)1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.9910 buying options
Rye Whiskey Red Hook
Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye Whiskey Red Hook 750ml Bottle
$65.892 buying options
Gunpowder Rye Whiskey
New England Distillery Gunpowder Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.993 buying options
Defiant Rye Whiskey
Catskill Distilling Company Defiant Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.694 buying options
Bull Moose Three Barrel Rye Whiskey
Rough Rider Bull Moose Three Barrel Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$34.995 buying options
24 Years Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
The Bitter Truth 24 Years Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$17,999.971 buying option
Mister Katzs Rock & Rye Whiskey
New York Distilling Company Mister Katzs Rock & Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$23.9912 buying options
Unfiltered Rye Whiskey
Riverboat Rye Unfiltered Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$21.993 buying options
Straight Rye Whiskey
Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$19.9725 buying options
25 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Hirsch Selection 25 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$1,299.952 buying options
Slow & Low Rock & Rye Whiskey
Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$19.9925 buying options
10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$50.1723 buying options
1776 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
James E. Pepper 1776 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.959 buying options
Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Organic Rye Whisky
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Organic Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$45.994 buying options
Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$48.9934 buying options
Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey
Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.996 buying options
25 Year Old Very Rare Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse 25 Year Old Very Rare Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$3,499.971 buying option
Cherrywood Rye Whiskey
Sonoma County Distilling Co. Cherrywood Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.992 buying options
1910 Aged 12 Years Canadian Rye Whisky
Pendleton 1910 Aged 12 Years Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$24.9923 buying options
Cody Road Rye Whiskey
Mississippi River Distilling Company Cody Road Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$17.977 buying options
Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$44.9715 buying options
Rye Mash American Oak Aged Whiskey
Widow Jane Rye Mash American Oak Aged Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.999 buying options
US-1 Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Michter's US-1 Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$35.9725 buying options
Oregon Premium Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
Black Maple Hill Oregon Premium Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$72.8816 buying options
Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$23.9923 buying options
Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey
Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$44.498 buying options
Pure Rye Whiskey
Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$9.997 buying options
23 Year Old Premium Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Black Maple Hill 23 Year Old Premium Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$4,399.991 buying option
Yippee Ki-Yay Blended Straight Rye Whiskey
High West Yippee Ki-Yay Blended Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$66.9935 buying options
Master's Collection Aged Cask Rye Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Aged Cask Rye Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$79.991 buying option
Small Batch Rye Whiskey
Benders Small Batch Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$45.982 buying options
Last Feather Rye Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Last Feather Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$40.426 buying options
Rye Whiskey
Kinsey Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$37.492 buying options
Rye Whiskey
Colorado Gold Distillery Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$36.992 buying options
Rye Blended Canadian Whisky
Canadian Hunter Rye Blended Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$14.992 buying options
Rum Barrel Finished Rye Whiskey
Angel's Envy Rum Barrel Finished Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$79.9925 buying options
Rye Whiskey
Few Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.3914 buying options
Dual Cask Aged Rye Whiskey
Filibuster Dual Cask Aged Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.998 buying options
Rye Whiskey
Crater Lake Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$26.954 buying options
Master's Collection New Cask Rye Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection New Cask Rye Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$79.991 buying option
10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig Farm 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$62.9918 buying options
Double Rye! Whiskey
High West Double Rye! Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.9551 buying options
Rye Whiskey
Jim Beam Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$16.9913 buying options
Straight Rye Whisky
Old Overholt Straight Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$14.4430 buying options
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