Whether you are whiskey aficionado or an amateur eager to learn more, rye whiskey reviews can be confusing and rather extensive. There are hundreds of reviews for practically every bottle on the market.
American whiskey, which needs to be distilled from at least 51% rye in order to be called rye whiskey, changes significantly depending on the brand purchased. If you’re struggling to find the whiskey reviews that matter, the following list of high quality ryes should make your purchasing decision much easier.
These are some of the very best bottles of rye whiskey available to purchase today.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest
In 2016, Crown Royal Northern Harvest was announced the Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray.
Murray is the famous American sportswriter and whiskey expert who has famously kept Scotch out of his list of ‘top five whiskies’ for more than two years.
Northern Harvest is a light-bodied whiskey with hints of apple and wood. These flavors come together with a lighter body than one will find in most ryes, and it also boasts a spicy aftertaste that makes it a great option for people looking for quality and affordability. Buy today for less than $70 USD at most retail locations.
Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse Rye is a little harder to find, but this is a truly classic Rye whiskey that is available both in 80 and 100 proof. Often used as a mixer by mixologists, Rittenhouse Rye is great alone, as well as when you’re making classic cocktails.
The brand is set apart by its unique, spicy flavor. Buy this classic bottle of rye for as little as $25. Prices vary depending on store.
Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
Old Overholt’s Straight Rye is one of the most popular rye whiskeys on the market, and it’s not just because of its extremely competitive price. This bottle of whiskey can be picked up for generally no more than $20, but its flavors really set it apart from the rest.
With a nose of vanilla and spice, along with some pepper and orchard fruits, this is a classic rye that’s perfect whether you’re planning a classy evening with friends or just relaxing at the end of a hard day.
Redemption Barrel Proof Straight
Barrel proof means that the whiskey has not been watered down to a smaller proof after being aged in the barrel. The Redemption Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey is 60% ABV, and has fruit, spice, and even drying oak flavors in there. With a hint of sweetness, this is a very easy whiskey to drink. It’s ideal to drink alone but its sweetness can be a delightful extra touch in a good cocktail.
The Best of the Best: Jim Murray Names Booker’s Rye Whiskey ‘Whisky of the Year’
Jim Murray has already made his 2017 choice for ‘Whisky of the Year’ in his famous Whisky Bible. Booker’s Rye Whiskey has been named the best of the best this year. It is a unique Kentucky rye, and Murray calls it ‘brain-draining’ and ‘mind-blowing’.
The nose and finish has “amazing depth,” Murray says, and he further states that it is a “staggering example of magnificent rye, showing exactly what genius actually means. A very big, unforgettable whiskey from a very big, unforgettable man.”
The rye isn’t easy to get a hold of, though. The whiskey began as an experiment by the grandson of Jim Beam, and has been left to mature at the family distillery for 13 years, 1 month and 12 days. Murray scores the whiskey a 97.5 out of 100.