The Best Rye Whiskey Brands, According to a Pro
Rye whiskey is the liquor you've been missing—so we've found the brands you'll love to drink neat or mix into Manhattans. Cheers!
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What Is Rye Whiskey?
It’s the oldest American whiskey and, no surprise, must be distilled from at least 51% rye. Unlike corn-based bourbon, this whiskey is spicy and has a bite, though tastes will differ from brand to brand. Check out our top picks for whiskey drinkers.
Journeyman Last Feather Rye has a lot to brag about. It’s organic, award-winning and made with a combination of wheat and rye, creating a sweet, spicy balance with notes of fruit and pepper. Need more convincing? Last Feather won the San Francisco World Spirits Competition twice. Learn how to craft bar-quality whiskey cocktails at home.
Rye can be sharp and spicy, but the affordable George Dickel Rye has a secret solution: charcoal filtering, which smooths the final product. Made primarily of rye with a hint of malted barley, it’s an excellent base for cocktails like Manhattans. Bonus: Learn the best whiskey, bourbon and scotch here.
This Copper Fox Rye strikes a middle ground between price and taste, with the familiar peppery rye notes paired with a honeyed, buttered aromas that will appeal to bourbon drinkers. The applewood and cherrywood smoke used to finish it come through subtly, making this rye good straight or in cocktails.