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Rye Whiskey

Much like its sibling, bourbon, the US government has a strict definition on what makes up a rye whiskey. Production of the spirit must adhere to a set of criteria, which results in a punchy, fruity, slightly savory whiskey. Perfect for sipping and adding real depth to cocktails.

The History of Rye Whiskey
Rye whiskey was born in the Eastern United States as a result of the plentiful nature of rye growing in the area. In fact, it’s origin was motivated primarily by frugal farmers who, dismayed at seeing excess grain rot, sought to use it to make some extra profit. Quickly catching on a great idea, farmers realised that alcohol was not only easier to transport than grain, but worth far more on the open market.

What is Rye Whiskey?
Rye whiskey starts with a blend of grains, called a mash bill that forms the basis of the spirit. By law, rye’s mash bill must contain at least 51% percent rye. Corn or malted barley are generally used to make up the other percentage of grains.

The ground grain is mixed with spring water and a little of the mash from a previous distillation, making what’s known as a ‘sour mash.’ The reason behind using a percentage of older mash is to ensure a taste consistency. It also helps lower the pH value of the mash, which helps the yeasts in it ferment and, in turn, produce a higher alcohol percentage.

A little fresh yeast in then added and then the mixture is fermented. It’s then put through the traditional distillation process and then placed into charred oak barrels to age. The use of charred oak barrels allows the transfer of the barrels’ oaky, woody, caramel and vanilla favours into the whiskey. Did you know that Rye whiskey can survive temperatures below -30 Celsius?

The Difference Between Rye Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey
You may have seen the label ‘straight rye’ amongst your travels around whiskey. Is this different to standard rye? In short, yes. But only slightly.

Straight rye whiskey has to abide by the same standards as regular rye whiskey, but also to some additional requirements. It must be aged more than two years, with the bottle stating its age statement. (Unless it has been aged for more than four years, in which it doesn’t have to state its age.) It also must contain no colours, flavorings or added spirits.

Is Canadian Whiskey all Rye?  
Another common misconception about rye whiskey is that it’s the only form of whiskey produced in Canada. Traditionally, Canadian whiskey has always been rye heavy and through popular language, over time, was nicknamed ‘Rye’. Yet, this is not strictly accurate. Although a lot of Canadian whiskies still have a high rye content, not all of them do. Some h=have none at all. So, if you’re looking for a guaranteed high rye base, check the history. Canadian heritage is not guarantee of a rye!From 1865-2010, Canadian whisky was the best-selling whisky in the U.S.

Rye Whiskey on the Palate
The high proportion of rye in a rye whiskey's mash bill creates a drier, spicier and slightly more savory character than other whiskeys. It commonly offers elements of leather and tobacco, giving it real depth and personality.

If you’d like to try rye whiskey for yourself, why not let Frootbat start you off with some excellent recommendations:
FROOTBAT HAS 123 Rye Whiskeys AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
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10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
Masterson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$144.496 buying options
Straight Rye Whiskey
Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$299.992 buying options
Slow & Low Rock & Rye Whiskey
Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$55.951 buying option
6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
Sazerac 6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$99.903 buying options
Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey
Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$139.991 buying option
1776 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
James E. Pepper 1776 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$86.994 buying options
Secale Straight Rye Whiskey
A.D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$170.001 buying option
Cody Road Rye Whiskey
Mississippi River Distilling Company Cody Road Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$110.001 buying option
Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Organic Rye Whisky
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Organic Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$139.991 buying option
Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$144.991 buying option
Oregon Premium Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
Black Maple Hill Oregon Premium Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$169.991 buying option
Rye Big Time Batch Limited Edition 13 Years Old Straight Rye Whiskey
Booker's Rye Big Time Batch Limited Edition 13 Years Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$1,699.001 buying option
Cherrywood Rye Whiskey
Sonoma County Distilling Co. Cherrywood Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$136.003 buying options
25 Year Old Very Rare Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse 25 Year Old Very Rare Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$3,799.002 buying options
Rum Barrel Finished Rye Whiskey
Angel's Envy Rum Barrel Finished Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$299.001 buying option
Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$94.992 buying options
Russell's Reserve 6 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 6 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$127.501 buying option
Rye Whiskey
Jim Beam Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$45.009 buying options
10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Michter's 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$320.001 buying option
Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Organic Rye Whisky
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Organic Rye Whisky 700ml Bottle
$129.901 buying option
Manhattan Rye Whiskey
Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey 350ml Bottle
$50.9410 buying options
Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$1,499.001 buying option
White Rye Whiskey
Belgrove Distillery White Rye Whiskey 500ml Bottle
$85.001 buying option
18th Century Style Single Malt Rye Whiskey
Old Potrero 18th Century Style Single Malt Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$199.001 buying option
1838 Style White Corn Straight Bourbon
Woodford Reserve 1838 Style White Corn Straight Bourbon 700ml Bottle
$299.001 buying option
Peerless Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Peerless Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$179.001 buying option
2 Year Old Family Estate Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
Willett 2 Year Old Family Estate Single Barrel Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$155.001 buying option
Rye Single Barrel Whiskey
Koval Rye Single Barrel Whiskey 500ml Bottle
$89.992 buying options
Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$84.994 buying options
Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
Knob Creek Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$76.497 buying options
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$67.994 buying options
Master's Collection Brandy Cask Finish
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Brandy Cask Finish 700ml Bottle
$220.994 buying options
US-1 Limited Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Michter's US-1 Limited Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$174.992 buying options
Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey
Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$139.991 buying option
Roundstone Rye Organic Rye Whisky
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Organic Rye Whisky 700ml Bottle
$109.901 buying option
18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky 700ml Bottle
$1,599.001 buying option
Peerless Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Peerless Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$179.001 buying option
Cody Road Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
Mississippi River Distilling Company Cody Road Single Barrel Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$145.001 buying option
US-1 Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Michter's US-1 Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$110.004 buying options
95 Rye Mash Whiskey
Bulleit 95 Rye Mash Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$56.995 buying options
Straight Rye Whiskey
Wild Turkey Straight Rye Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$55.991 buying option
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