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

Town Branch Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
96 points
$53
Amber color. Aromas of spiced plums, ginger-peach tea, toasted sesame, and peppermint with an lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a very complex, endless sweet berries, star anise, chocolate shavings, fresh buttered croissant, nutmeg, hints of olives, and marcona almonds finish. A completely delicious Rye Whiskey with exceptional balance and length; skillfully crafted and braggably stylish.
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
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.
Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$47
Golden amber color. Mature, elegant aromas of toffee, violet candies, milk chocolate, and wintergreen with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, layered, very long spice cake, dried cherry, cinnamon-dusted coffee cake, and honey-roasted nuts finish. A complex, well-aged, elegant Rye Whiskey with a stately personality.
The Clover Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$49
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dense chocolate cake, molasses, eucalyptus honey, black licorice, gingersnap cookies, and maple-walnut creme with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, engaging, medium-length finish displaying accents of fresh sourdough scone. A bold, chewy, in-your-face Rye Whiskey; a powerful potable.
Old Overholt Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of rich chocolate brownies, hot corn bread, roasted nut melange, hints of espresso, and gingersnaps with a round, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long coconut layer bar and mint-chocolate finish. A rich, nutty Rye Whisky with a chocolatey underbelly.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$27
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of graham cracker, spiced rice pudding, madagascar vanilla, and turbinado sugar with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and an effortless, involved, very long finish displaying elements of creme brulee, bananas foster, hazelnut creme, and toasted brioche dusted with cinnamon and sugar. A luxurious, plush Rye Whiskey that delivers delicious decadence.
Tincup Straight Rye Whisky
92 points
$32
Dark amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass, lavender, basil, fresh mint, and hint of pineapple with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of chocolate gelato and black pepper. A solid Rye Whiskey with a pretty melange of herbal aromas; a lovely cocktail option.
Skip Rock Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$38
Golden amber color. Aromas of sourdough, oregano, and banana chips with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long chocolate chips, candied aniseed, caramel, and tobacco finish. A youthful but complex Rye Whiskey that offers delicious chocolate and spice flavors.