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Rye Whiskey

Rye whiskey was widely prevalent before Prohibition took hold of America, for it was a hardy grain that could be grown without too much difficulty. The main difference from Bourbon is the mash bill. The mash bill is the list of grains used for distillation and, in America, rye whiskey is distilled from a minimum of 51% rye alongside barley, wheat and corn. It is the raw ingredient, the rye, that proffers the unique flavour profile; a savoury, spiciness.

Rye whiskey was the original cocktail spirit, when the first manhattans were stirred in pre-Prohibition era America. Canadian whisky is often referred to as rye whisky, though the mash bill need not contain any rye for it to be Canadian whisky. Historically, Canadian whisky was largely based upon rye, though lawfully in Canada whiskies may be referred to as ‘Canadian Whisky, ‘Rye Whisky’ or ‘Canadian Rye Whisky’ regardless of the rye content.

For some time, rye whiskey was largely out of fashion, but there has been a great resurgence recently, with premium brands, including Old Rip Van Winkle and Sazerac, producing wonderful spirits.

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Sazerac Straight Rye (75cl)

75cl, 45%
Sazerac

A classic straight rye whiskey, named for the New Orleans coffee house which was the birthplace of the eponymous cocktail - the one and only Sazerac. While it was originally made with Cognac, the…  More info

Sazerac Straight Rye (75cl)
8
$45.30
$39.93
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Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

75cl, 50%
Rittenhouse

A rye whiskey in the Pennsylvania style, this "carries a famous old Philadelphia name". Very tasty and aromatic.  More info

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
32
$48.09
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Lot 40 Rye Whisky

70cl, 43%
Lot 40

Lot 40 Rye is a legendary Canadian rye whisky that is produced in a single copper pot still. At some point during the 2000s, Lot 40 Rye was discontinued, which caused quite a stir among whisky…  More info

Lot 40 Rye Whisky
6
$31.12
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Pikesville 6 Year Old 110 Proof Straight Rye

70cl, 55%
Pikesville

A fantastic rye whiskey produced in Kentucky, the Pikesville brand dates back to 1895 in Maryland. This 6 year old 110 proof was released in 2015, receiving a Double Gold at the San Francisco World…  More info

Pikesville 6 Year Old 110 Proof Straight Rye
22
$77.32
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WhistlePig 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
WhistlePig

WhistlePig is a fantastic brand of straight rye whisk(e)y which is distilled and initially matured in Canada before being aged further, at the WhistlePig Farm in Vermont. The Master Distiller for…  More info

WhistlePig 10 Year Old
6
$75.11
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WhistlePig FarmStock Crop No.002

75cl, 43%
WhistlePig

This is the second limited edition release in WhistlePig's FarmStock series, which is intended to achieve what the distillery has termed its '100% Triple Terroir vision'. This entails creating an…  More info

WhistlePig FarmStock Crop No.002
1
$75.17
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Michter's US*1 Straight Rye

70cl, 42.4%
Michter's Distillery

A straight rye whiskey from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Every bottle of their excellent rye comes from a single barrel, highlighting the quality of their craft. A top choice for…  More info

Michter's US*1 Straight Rye
12
$53.62
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Bulleit Rye

70cl, 45%
Bulleit

Has there ever been a moment when you've been sipping Bulleit Bourbon and wanted it to have even more rye? Well you're in luck, they now have their own Rye whiskey! Bulleit Rye is made with a…  More info

Bulleit Rye
62
$34.28
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Colonel EH Taylor Straight Rye

75cl, 50%
Colonel EH Taylor

Bottled in Bond and named for Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor - a staunch supporter of the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act, this is a fabulous rye whiskey which is aged for four years before bottling.  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Straight Rye
1
$107.41

Knob Creek Rye

70cl, 50%
Knob Creek

It's here! Knob Creek's Rye Whiskey is finally here! Unveiled in the US in 2012, Knob Creek Rye has made its way to our fair shores, bringing with it a flavour profile that strikes a wonderful…  More info

Knob Creek Rye
11
$42.44
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Arbikie Highland Rye Limited Edition

70cl, 46%
Arbikie

This here is a limited edition single grain from Arbikie, made with a mash of rye, wheat and malted barley. The whisky has been matured for three years in first-fill American oak casks, and treated…  More info

Arbikie Highland Rye Limited Edition
$242.82

WhistlePig 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask - Old World (Master of Malt)

75cl, 43%
WhistlePig

Master of Malt exclusive! Well, this is pretty special - it's a Master of Malt exclusive bottling of 12 year old rye whiskey, from none other than WhistlePig! It's been finished exclusively in…  More info

WhistlePig 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask - Old World (Master of Malt)
$188.01
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1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - Barrel Proof

70cl, 57.3%
James E. Pepper & Co.

The 1776 whiskey range from James E. Pepper grows with the introduction of the 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - Barrel Proof. It's the same whiskey as the fantastic 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey, though…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - Barrel Proof
2
$58.30

James E. Pepper 3 Year Old - Oloroso Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

Independently bottled rye whiskey from James E. Pepper, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The first three batches from this series have each seen the whiskey finished in different types of…  More info

James E. Pepper 3 Year Old - Oloroso Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$50.46
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Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey

50cl, 55%
Stork Club

A rye whiskey from... Germany?! Oh yes, folks, Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey is produced just south of Berlin, using rye grown in Brandenburg (a particularly important region for rye grain…  More info

Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey
$46.48
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Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye

70cl, 45%
Rebel Yell

A small batch rye whiskey from the famous wheated straight bourbon brand Rebel Yell. Made with rye, corn and malted barley (rye whiskies must contain at least 51% rye in the mashbill) it's a much…  More info

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye
2
$33.13
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Hudson Manhattan Rye (70cl)

70cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

New York is home to many amazing things, like the Empire State Building, more pizza than you could eat in five lifetimes, and Tuthilltown Spirits - makers of the excellent Manhattan Rye! Harking back…  More info

Hudson Manhattan Rye (70cl)
1
$53.69
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WhistlePig 12 Year Old - Old World

75cl, 43%
WhistlePig

Unveiled in mid-2015, the WhistlePig Old World is an exciting 12 year old straight rye whiskey which has been finished in a selection of wine casks - 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port. It's…  More info

WhistlePig 12 Year Old - Old World
3
$188.06
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Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye

70cl, 56.2%
Michter's Distillery

Full-bodied rye whiskey from the ever-excellent Michter's, bottled at cask strength - this time, it's a robust 56.2% ABV. Enjoyably toasty stuff, more than suitable for post-dinner drinks, and should…  More info

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye
$104.19

WhistlePig 12 Year Old - Old World (Drinks by the Dram)

75cl, 43%
WhistlePig

A Drinks by the Dram exclusive bottling of 12 year old rye whiskey from the excellent WhistlePig! Released as part of the Old World series, this expression features 75% whiskey finished in Madeira…  More info

WhistlePig 12 Year Old - Old World (Drinks by the Dram)
$161.15
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1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 92 Proof

70cl, 46%
James E. Pepper & Co.

Another terrific rye whiskey from James E. Pepper's range, this time bottled at 92 proof (which is 46% ABV for those of us here on this side of the ocean). Makes an excellent Old Fashioned cocktail,…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 92 Proof
$42.93
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WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2018 Edition

75cl, 57.9%
WhistlePig

WhistlePig's annual Boss Hog releases are always very exciting expressions for rye enthusiasts, and the 2018 edition most certainly will make a few eyebrows raise excitedly. It's a 13 year old rye…  More info

WhistlePig 13 Year Old - The Boss Hog 2018 Edition
$698.54

Jim Beam Rye

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Great value rye whiskey from Jim Beam. It's a favourite of whisky bible author Jim Murray, and won best rye aged under 10 years in 2010, scoring 88 points. The label received a bit of a redesign in…  More info

Jim Beam Rye
22
$26.76
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1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey comes from the James E. Pepper brand, a name that has long been known in the American whiskey world, though not as much recently as it was in the early 1900s. Happily, the…  More info

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey - 100 Proof
8
$60.13
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Millstone 100 Rye Whisky

70cl, 50%
Millstone Whisky

Almost everything to do with the Millstone 100 Rye Whisky, from Dutch experts Zuidam, is to do with the number 100. It's made with 100% rye grain, 100% small pot still distillation, matured for 100…  More info

Millstone 100 Rye Whisky
5
$79.48

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