About Straight Rye Whisky

About Straight Rye Whisky
In order for a product to be categorized as a Straight Rye Whiskey, the following must be true:

Mash bill must be made up of a minimum of 51% rye.
Aged a minimum of two years.
May not contain any flavors or colors.
All of the liquid in the bottle must be distilled in the same state.

Top Picks for Straight Rye Whisky

Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$89.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of cucumber, melon, honey, dark rye crisps, cranberry, vanilla bean, and violet petals with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, intricate, very long dark chocolate with almonds, dried cherry, toasted pumpernickel, and lingonberry preserves finish. A downright delicious Rye Whiskey that will be stupendous in cocktails but will shine even brighter when sipped neat; ultra-concentrated flavors that delight the senses.
95 points $89.99
Sagamore Spirit Distillers Select Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
$69
Copper color. Aromas of red cassis tart, dark-toasted croissant, chocolate covered cherry cordials, clove, and tangerine with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long oregano, rich salted caramel, toffee-coated almonds, and leather finish. A rich and fruity Rye Whiskey with a distinctive luxurious style; highly recommended for gifting and sipping.
Oregon Spirit Distillers Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$60
Amber color. Aromas of dense rye bread, herb butter, honey, stewed fruits, and cinnamon with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, distinctive, long sunflower seeds, candied orange peel, and parsley finish. A dense, super-flavorful rye whiskey that offers great purity of grain flavors surrounded by skillfully executed oak flavors; drink this.
Davidson Reserve Small Batch Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey
91 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana muffins, marzipan, spiced apple butter, black olives, and bay leaf with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of prunes, leather, dark chocolate, and peppercorns. A robust Rye Whiskey with big oak notes and green, herbaceous nuance.
Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
91 points
$26.99
Amber color. Aromas of gingery spice cake, chocolate buttercream, honey roasted macadamia, leather, and polished wood with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, intricate, medium-long toasted marshmallow, dried cherry, rye toast, and dried herbs finish. A rock-solid rye whiskey that nails the style; a benchmark.
91 points $26.99
Great Lakes Distillery Still & Oak Straight Rye Whiskey
91 points
$40
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of rye toast, candied yams, gingerbread, caraway, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, rosemary, and peanut butter finish. An herbaceous, rye-lover’s rye that boldly expresses the grain; mature and tasty.
District Made Straight Rye Whiskey
90 points
$49
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate chip cookie dough, oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, ripe melon, vanilla-maple, and tellicherry peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-long molasses cake, eucalyptus honey, dark chocolate, and caraway finish. A dense and spicy Rye that delivers piles of dark, brooding flavor.
Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey
89 points
$27
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered toffee and popcorn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length corn cakes, caraway, and seasoned rye crisps finish. A mild-mannered, very smooth Rye Whiskey that will play well neat, on the rocks and in a manhattan.
Frey Ranch 5 Year Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whisky
89 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas of seasoned wood, olives, caramel sauce, and dill with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk toasted pine nuts, dried figs, banana chips, rye seed, dill, and caraway finish. A punchy, bone-dry Rye that opens up with water; serve on the rocks or in stirred cocktails.
Middle West Dark Pumpernickel Straight Rye Whiskey
89 points
$42.14
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of ground cinnamon, vanilla candle, rye seed, ginger, sandalwood, and chai latte with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-to-long finish that shows notes of carob cookie finish. A youthful rye that will play well in a wide variety of cocktails.
89 points $42.14