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Basil Haydens Dark Rye Whiskey Exclusive Release 750ml

Rated 94 - A luxurious nose chock full of ripe red stone fruit, vanilla bean, nutmeg, and clove. Superbly full and round in the mouth, where subtle...
94UBC
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Basil Haydens Rye Whiskey Exclusive Release 2017 750ml

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, is a Kentucky straight rye whiskey that’s been influenced by a so-called unique,...
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Bookers Limited Edition Rye Whiskey 2016 750ml

Rated 98 - After being tasted alongside 1,247 new whiskies in this year’s judging, Booker’s Rye was lauded as “a simply a staggering example...
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Bulleit Rye Mash Whiskey 750ml

Rated 93 - Light amber color; soft, dry nose; smooth, spicy and deep with dry, toasty flavors; elegant and lush; long and balanced. - Beverage...
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Corsair Artisan Distillery Rye Whiskey Ryemageddon 750ml

Rated 94 - Deep amber copper color. Aromas of buttery toasted cranberry-cherry bread. honeyed nuts, and delicate spice with a supple, fruity...
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Crown Royal Canadian Rye Whiskey Northern Harvest 750ml

Rated 91 (2016 Wold Whisky of the Year, Whisky Bible) - Notably soft and plush, look for pleasing hints of vanilla and marzipan alongside fleeting...
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Dads Hat Distillery Rye Whiskey Port Wine Barrel Finish 750ml

Rated 89 - Going back to colonial days, Pennsylvania had a long tradition of distilling sweeter, more robust Monongahela rye—also called...
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Dads Hat Distillery Rye Whiskey Vermouth Barrel Finish 750ml

Rated 90 - The only Pennsylvania-style rye actually made in Pennsylvania is finished for three months in former sweet-vermouth casks from Quady...
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Dads Hat Distillery Rye Whiskey White 750ml

Rated 88 - Rye adds a spicy note to this small-batch spirit, which features big pineapple and banana notes that wind into clove and cinnamon on the...
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E.H. Taylor Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml

Rated 97 - Intense and potent with aromas of dark fruit, smoked meat and fruit cake); on the palate it’s expressive and powerful, more dry...
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High West Distillery Rye Whiskey Midwinter Nights Dram 750ml

Nose - The rye forms a beautiful base of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon; the port barrels enhance with plums and dried fruits; the French oak...
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High West Distillery Whiskey Rendezvous Rye 375ml

Rated 95 - A blend of two exotic straight rye whiskeys; one old, and one young. It marries the rich aromatic qualities of a 16-year-old rye with...
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High West Distillery Whiskey Rendezvous Rye 750ml

Rated 95 - A blend of two exotic straight rye whiskeys; one old, and one young. It marries the rich aromatic qualities of a 16-year-old rye with...
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Rye Whiskey

Rye Whiskey is enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with sales rocketing in recent years thanks to a growing interest in strong, unique flavors, and small, independent distilleries. Rye Whiskey is a drink which is all about powerful, bold flavors, with plenty of spice and bitterness when drunk young. Aged, however, it takes on a deep set of subtle notes which are beautifully mellow and complex, and becomes a fascinating example of what whiskey can be when made with expert hands.

In order for an American Whiskey to be labeled a Rye Whiskey, it must have a mash content which is no less than fifty one percent rye. This separates it from Bourbon, and it is this which gives it its distinctive flavor and spiciness. Toffee, cinnamon, caraway, cloves and oak are typical tasting notes, and ‘straight rye’ whiskies - which are aged in charred oak barrels - take on plenty of the smokiness of the wood, adding a further, fascinating facet.

Rye Whiskey has its spiritual home in the northeastern states of Pennsylvania and Maryland, and cities like Pittsburgh produced vast quantities of Rye Whiskey in the 18th and 19th centuries. Most the old distilleries were closed during the prohibition era, after which time rye whiskey more or less disappeared completely, but the twenty-first century is seeing old recipes being resurrected and released to rave reviews.