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Top 10 Ryes

Know Your Rye(t)s

WhistlePig 100/100 Straight Rye Whiskey is made by Master Distiller Dave Pickerell from Maker's Mark

The Best Rye Whiskeys

Like Bourbon, its sweeter counterpart, rye is a quintessentially American type of whiskey. Although there are Canadian ryes, they can be quite different from those made in the United States. (They even spell "whiskey" differently there as "whisky".) According to U.S. law, rye whiskey must be made from a mash containing at least 51 percent rye grain, distilled to no more than 160 proof and aged in charred, new oak barrels. If the spirit is aged for at least two years, it can be further designated as "straight rye whiskey." Many of the selections on GAYOT's list of Top 10 Ryes have been aged considerably longer. Enjoy the recent rye Renaissance by downing these fine whiskeys straight or hearken back to their heyday and mix them in a Manhattan or an Old-Fashioned.

by Adam Carmer



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