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

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.

Knob Creek Rye

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $40

Availability: Wide

The nose on this is rye spice and vanilla. On the palate it’s an easy drinking rye/spice with  a decent amount of wood/oak. The finish is sweet and much milder than most ryes of this ABV. If you are looking for a nice easy to sip rye, this is it. If you are looking for a big bold rye that has a punch, this is not it.

Sazerac Rye

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: 6 Yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $35

Availability: Wide

The nose has some anise and rye spice. The palate is dill and brine, typical rye spice. This one finishes a bit light for complexity and has some paint thinner taste that lingers. Overall, it’s a good solid rye. The price is starting to get a bit high which makes me compare it to some better rye that does exist in this price range. It’s worth trying if you have not had it.