High West Rendezvous Rye

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Grade: B+

Type: American, Rye

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $56

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is a vat of 6 year 95% rye from Indiana and a 16 year 80% rye from Kentucky. The nose is floral with rye spice and tree bark. The palate is spicy but a little different than a typical rye, lots of wood, nice sweet balance, dried barley. The finish is full of heat but in a pleasant way, tastes like a cask strength rye with a great balance and a lot of character. A must try for rye lovers

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Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof

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Grade: B

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $24

Availability: Wide

The nose gives you an impression that this is a soft rye with vanilla, wood, and cinnamon. The palate however starts off hot right away followed by spice and pepper and back to the vanilla. The finish reminds you quickly that this is a hot rye with some lovely spice and licorice. You would be hard pressed to find a better rye in this price range.

George Dickel Rye

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Rye, Indiana

Age: N/A

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $23

Availability: Wide

This is the only expression by Dickel that is produced in Indiana. The nose of this is a typical pickle juice and light rye spice. The palate is a bit light for a rye, smooth, pepper, LDI spice. The finish is not very complex, mint and clove. If you are looking for what I call a big bad rye with a dominating complex flavor, then this isn’t it. If you are looking for a smooth and nicely balanced rye, then this may just be the expression for you. C+/B-

Sazerac 18

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Grade: B+

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: 18 yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $90

Availability: Rare

Bottled in the fall of 2012. The nose on this has some seriously complex spice, peppers, and rye. The palate has some spicy pepper, wood, and is quite sweet. The finish is smooth but does have a little of the pleasant type of heat, slightly dry and mildly bitter. Very good stuff…

Masterson’s Rye

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Grade: B+

Type: Canada, Rye

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Sample was taken from Batch 005 bottle 12083. The nose is spicy, dill & brine, Pepper and maple, wood. The palate is wood, spicy cinnamon, and a sweet rye that is complex.  The finish is quite sweet and higly complicated by a spice, maple syrup, and vanilla flavored wood. Simply delicious.

Willett Rye 4yo

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Grade: B+/B

Type: American, Rye, Indiana

Age: 4 Yrs

ABV: 55.00%

Price: $45

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose, LDI big rye, spice and brine, cloves. The palate is sweet and very spicy, cinnamon, oak. The finish is hot and very long, quite lovely as the complex palate really compliments this super hot finish. This is a single barrel No. 24A bottle 24/174. This is a very powerful but delicious rye.

WhistlePig 10

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Grade: B+

Type: Canadian, Rye (Bottled in Vermont)

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $75

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Nose: dry, spice, light sweetness, fruit and caramel. Palate: A little floral and spicy cinnamon. Finish: Very long with a nice rye spice that has settled down with the aging process, light wood. This expression is delicious. The taste is nearly a perfect ballance of rye spice and sweetness and mild heat. WhistlePig is sourced from a canadian distillery and bottled in Vermont.