Rye Whiskey is made predominantly of, you guessed it, rye. To be called as such, this classic American Whiskey is required to be made of at least 51% rye along with a combination of other grains such as corn or barley. It is then traditionally matured in oak barrels which help to give it its distinctive light, spicy and somewhat fruity tones.
This type of Whiskey is historically a ‘straight’ spirit, meaning that is hasn’t been blended with anything else and has been matured in barrels for at least two years.
A drink which was popular and in abundance in the northeastern states, Rye Whiskey suffered a considerable decline in the prohibition era. Luckily for keen Whiskey drinkers, however, this traditional spirit is still going strong, and there is a steady revival for this iconic drink. As well as distilling traditionally, brewers are starting to experiment more with techniques and flavours, giving this spirit an exciting new twist.
Traditionally the base of a Manhattan or Whiskey Sour, Rye is perfect for mixing. Why not add a bottle to your drinks cabinet today and see where your cocktail making skills can take you.