Bourbon may officially be America's spirit, and the 4th of July our celebration of independence, but two important traditions existed at least as early, if not before. Thanksgiving Day and Rye Whiskey. In the early years of American whiskey production, rye was the dominant style, especially in the east, eventually supplanted by the sweeter, rounder and easier to produce bourbon. As you give thanks, raise a glass of the spirit that shaped our whiskey tradition.
Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof
This bottled in bond rye is a true classic. Bottled at 100 proof and produced in the Monongahela, or Pennsylvania, style. Rich spice is backed by sweet vanilla and brown sugar. The palate reveals wintergreen, dark stewed fruits and a touch of cacao with big melding everything together pleasantly. A classic rye to enjoy neat or in a cocktail.
Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye
Speaking of Pennsylvania style rye, few would be as appropriate as Michter's Straight Rye, the oldest recipe from the oldest US distillery. Typical of the style, it is impeccably balanced with a rich, sweet and fat body. A touch of wintergreen on the nose leads to vanilla, leather and dusty oak. The palate highlights the sweeter vanilla notes but finishes strongly with rye spice, baked apple and cocoa. Balanced, versatile and perfect for any occasion.
Whiskey Acres Rye Farmcrafted Whiskey
Celebrate the holidays with local rye. Made in DeKalb, this whiskey is made with 75% rye. Explosive spice notes with a soft, rich, sweet warmth make this one of our favorites. This grain to glass operation selected a special strain of rye that adds a nice vanilla note.
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 6 year old Small Batch Rye
Turkey season is our favorite season to drink Wild Turkey! This six year old rye is characterized by big spice and rich sugar. Bottled at 90 proof, it's a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving Day spread.
This Straight American Whiskey is a combination of a bourbon and high rye American whiskey. The Bourbon is 68% corn 20% rye and 12% barley. The rye-forward component of the blend is 48% rye 40% corn and 12% barley. Enough of that though, we care about how it tastes. A powerful nose of ripe fruits, vanilla and oak open the show with rye spice, vanilla sweetness and caramelized oak featured on the palate with a long, spicy-yet-balanced finish. Fantastic whiskey from a small distillery that has not disappointed us.
Templeton Special Reserve 10 year old Rye Anniversary Bottling
One of our most popular ryes is all grown up. The extra six years of aging give this prohibition style rye an added layer of complexity. Young rye is usually big and spicy. With time, sugars release from the barrel, adding sweetness to the spice party. The result is one full flavored, chewy rye treat. Grab one while you can, this release is quite limited.
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