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Rye Whiskey

With its big, spicy nature and full bodied style rye whiskey is amongst the more robust whiskies that are made around the world. The production of rye whiskey is similar to that of bourbon but with one key difference in the ingredients. While bourbon demands the majority of the mashbill to be made up mostly of corn, rye whiskey dictates that it must contain 51% rye. Distillers can then add whatever cereals they see fit for the remaining 49%, often combining them in a certain way to maintain the character they are hoping to achieve.

 

Some people find it a tad intense, especially when it is bottled at a younger age, but it has proven to be one of the most versatile cocktail spirits and its depth of flavour and strength of character and form the basis of many classic cocktails. Every cocktail bar in the world will have at least one bottle of rye whiskey at their disposal to be used in the make-up of the most loved  mixed drinks in the world - The Old Fashioned, The Manhattan and The Sazerac to name but three. This big whiskey has carved itself out a niche and cult following like only a big hitting spirit can.

 

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Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey has a rye content believed to be just above the legal minimum of 51% which places it between a high-rye bourbon and a pure rye. Bottled at 100 US Proof (50% abv).
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Knob Creek
£39.95
Fritz Maytag is a legend, and if someone gets round to writing the book on the history of the current craft distilling boom he should get his own chapter. Why? He did it when no-one else was, back in ...
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Old Portrero
£84.95
This unaged, "barrel-strength" spirit is created according to Buffalo Trace's rye whiskey mashbill, but is bottled straight off the still rather than ageing in oak. This gives a great insight into the...
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Buffalo Trace
£24.95
Tom Bulleit decided in the late 1980's to release a rye heavy bourbon, so it's no surprise that they would eventually release a rye whiskey. This 95% Rye whiskey hit the market in 2011 and its big, co...
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Bulleit
£36.95
A small batch bottling from That Boutique-y Rye Company of an 11 month old Rye from Distillery 291 in Colorado. The label features a sinister scene of Man Ray, Alfred Steiglitz and Halloween icon Mich...
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Distillery 291
£67.95
A small batch straight rye whiskey from Buffalo Trace Distillery using a mashbill containing only rye and malted barley. Named after the famous Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor who was an early pioneer of...
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E H Taylor
£94.95
A deliciously full flavoured straight rye whiskey from Ezra Brooks. A perfect base for all your classic cocktail needs, or smooth enough to enjoy as a simple sipping whisky.
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Ezra Brooks
£31.95
FEW is American whiskey distillery named after Frances Elizabeth Willard, a key figure in the Temperance Movement (social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages). They Rye whiskey has...
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Few
£62.95
The spice of rye whiskey has captivated the world in the past few years and people have once again taken note of its many delicious characteristics. This release from Jack Daniels is a little differen...
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Jack Daniels
£39.95
The barrel proof version of James E Pepper's popular straight rye whiskey, which has over 90% rye in the mashbill. Bottled at 57.3% and un-chilfiltered.
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They rather immodestly claim that this is the world's finest rye on the bottle, but we do like this 4 year old rye all the same.
New American Oak
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Jim Beam
£27.95
Distilled and bottled in Kentucky, this straight rye whiskey from Michter's Distillery has been been bottled from a single barrel at 42.4%.
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Michters
£53.95
A straight rye whiskey from Heaven Hill Distillers. Historically produced in Maryland but now proudly made in Kentucky. In recent years it has been garlanded with numerous awards including best Rye wh...
New American Oak
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Pikesville
£76.95
A delicious and vibrant rye whiskey which harks back to the era when the drink first became popular. The New York Distilling Company only use rye grown in their home State and mature the whiskey in fu...
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Ragtime Rye
£44.95
A popular whisky for cocktails, as the high strength and high rye content work well in Manhattans and other famous whiskey cocktails. This whiskey is made by Heaven Hill Distillers in Kentucky.
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An undoubted classic of American distilling that is on our must-try list. The rye element gives such a gloriously fruity and spicy dimension that is beguiling sipped neat, and an invaluable weapon in ...
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Sazerac
£41.95
This Californian distiller takes a mashbill of 100% rye and double distils it in an alembic pot still fired by direct heat. The resulting spirit is then aged in new charred American oak barrels and th...
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Sonoma County
£59.95
Whistlepig's dream of creating a true farm to bottle whiskey has taken a giant step forward with this release. It is the first batch of whiskey crafted with rye from their estate. We're excited to see...
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Whistlepig
£89.95
Quite different to the standard Woodford Reserve, expect pepper, fruit and tobacco spice in the flavour.
New American Oak
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Woodford Reserve
£43.95
Based in Virginia, Copper Fox distillery produce innovative whisky, smoking the barley with applewood and cherry wood, and using oak chips, to create a fruity, full bodied spirit.
An award winning straight rye whiskey from High West. Unlike many American whiskies the Rendezvous is not chill-filtered which keeps more of the oily flavour in.
High West
£61.95
This single barrel release from Jack Daniel's is their first new mash bill (consisting of 70% rye) since the dry days of prohibition. We must admit, we're big fans of their other single barrel release...
Jack Daniels
£56.95
James E Pepper's popular straight rye whiskey which is made with over 90% rye in the mashbill. This edition is bottled at 92 proof or 46% and un-chilfiltered.
Rather than just being distilled from a rye-dominant mashbill, this is 100% rye. Despite this, the spirit has a lightness of touch and is not aggressively spicy, and this probably comes from careful d...
New American Oak
Koval
Koval Rye 47% 50cl
£38.95
From Michters Distillery in Kentucky, this single barrel 10 year old rye has a great combination of oaky vanilla and deep rye spice.
Michters
£179.95
A high percent Rye Whiskey that has been aged for at least 2 years in American White Oak casks. Rye whiskey is great as a sipping whiskey, or in cocktails, due to its spicy taste.
Rittenhouse
£29.95
Although more famed for its wine growing, Sonoma County also has some tasty, tasty spirits coming out of it too. This Rye whiskey is distilled in alembic pot stills after being smoked with sweet cherr...
Sonoma County
£59.95
The Boss is back! After storming the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and winning 'Best Whiskey in the World', we've finally got our hands on some of Whistlepig's fourth release of Boss Hog. In...
Whistlepig
£545.00
An amazing rye with so much depth and spicy flavour. The Willet family have been making whiskey from generations and sure know how to make an amazing drop.
Willett
£72.95

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