About Straight Rye Whiskey

About Straight Rye Whiskey
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 Whiskey

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
96 points
$59
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of baker’s dark chocolate and pecan, rye bread and toasted sesame, walnut brittle, and incense with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, colossal, long finish with accents of fresh caramel corn with salt and cracked black pepper, cinnamon candies and mace, white pepper, and lilac and manuka honey. A spicy and delicious show stopper expressing youthful, powerful grain flavors and just the right delicate influence of barrel characteristics.
Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$27
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, marzipan, and roasted hazelnut, vanilla cream butterscotch pudding, leather and cigar box, and herbal with a fat body and a very long finish that exhibits nuances of black pepper, vanilla, caramel, and doughy. A spicy east coast Rye with a creamy vanilla backbone; a benchmark example for classic cocktails.
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cream corn with a side of mac n’ cheese and extra ground pepper, singed rye bread, and peach wood in the smoker with brisket with a silky, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with notes of black pepper venison jerky, grilled herbs on parchment paper, and mocha and coffee bean. The ABV packs a punch but layers of complexity and delicious flavors make this a go-to for Rye cocktails.
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
Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
94 points
$29
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red cherries with vanilla whipped cream, honeycomb and pecan pie, toffee and mocha, and roasted cereal with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, huge, very long finish with overtones of shortbread with a bit of pepper, very dark chocolate with hints of brandied cherry, baklava and dates, and banana and orange. A classic example of a properly aged Rye Whiskey; everything you expect from the category.
FEW Straight Rye Whisky
94 points
$44
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of lemongrass and dry hay, sweet pickled garlic, candied orange and dark chocolate, dill pickle, and mint with a satiny, full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of pastrami on rye bread, black pepper beef jerky, kola nut, and and orchard fruit. A spicy and savory Rye that will make a great old fashioned or pair with a Maduro cigar.
Middle West Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
$45
Brown color. Aromas and flavors of orange and cherry marmalade with a hint of beeswax, candied cherries on german chocolate cake, vanilla and caramel, and sweet tea with a satiny, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long finish conveying accents of mexican chocolate cake with vanilla cream and maple and dates. Savory, sweet, and spicy, the proof is too high to make this a dinner pairing but would pair with Mexican Hot Chocolate right after the meal.
Western Reserve Distillers 6 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey Barrel 20-0083
94 points
$43
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of violet blossom, hints of caraway, tarragon, dark chocolate, and ground ginger with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long allspice, caramel, cinnamon swirl brioche, and dried cherry finish. A very nice Rye whiskey that nails the style; enjoy neat, on the rocks or in your favorite classic cocktails.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
94 points
$63
Gold color. Aromas of buttered rye crisps, spiced toffee, candied nuts, and saffron gelato with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, very long aniseed, vanilla cream, nutmeg, dill, and cola finish. Powerful flavors and palate-pleasing spice notes are sure to satisfy most any American whiskey lover.
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.