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Types of rye Whiskey

Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey
Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey

Whiskey is distilled from a fermented blend of grains, commonly corn, barley, rye, and wheat–that blend is what distillers call a mash bill. Depending on what ratio of grains comprises the mash bill is part of how the resulting liquid is either categorized whiskey or bourbon.

Bulleit Bourbon
Bulleit Bourbon

Discover Bulleit Rye, a Double Gold rated whiskey made with the highest quality rye & matured for a bold, spicy taste.

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Catoctin Creek High West
Catoctin Creek High West

Our most popular whisky! Roundstone Rye® is a very unique rye whisky, made completely from scratch at our distillery in Purcellville, Virginia. This pre-Prohibition style rye whisky is made from 100% rye grain, sourced locally when available.

Corn Whiskey
Corn Whiskey

For a whiskey to be considered bourbon, the mixture of grains from which the product is distilled (the mash) must be, at least, 51% corn, rye, wheat, malted barley, or malted rye grain. On top of that, the mixture must be stored in charred oak containers and cannot contain any additives.

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Grain Whisky
Grain Whisky

Grain whiskey is anything else, typically containing corn, wheat or rye in addition or instead of barley. All of the major American whiskey categories, like bourbon, rye whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey, are grain whiskeys.

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Malt Whisky
Malt Whisky

What about rye? Rye whiskey, like its name suggests, is a whiskey that is distilled from at least 51% rye. What is rye? Rye is a type of grass that is a member of the wheat tribe and closely related to barley.

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Old Overholt Rye Whiskey Jim Beam Bourbon
Old Overholt Rye Whiskey Jim Beam Bourbon

Beam has finally addressed that oversight with the introduction of Old Overholt Bonded. Meeting the minimum requirements for a bottled in bond whiskey, it’s a four year old, 100 proof version of the Beam style rye whiskey. The Rye In the glass, Old Overholt Bonded has a light copper look.

Redemption Rye FEW Spirits
Redemption Rye FEW Spirits

In reality, Redemption Rye is distilled among a long list of other products at Midwest Grain Products of Indiana (MGP, the distillery formerly owned by LDI, and before that by Seagram’s) such as Bulleit Rye and Templeton Rye.

Single Pot Still Whiskey
Single Pot Still Whiskey

Single pot still whiskey is a style of Irish whiskey made by a single distillery from a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. Somewhat similar to single malt whiskey, the style was defined by its inclusion of unmalted raw barley in the mash in addition to malt.

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Templeton Rye Whiskey Great Northern Distilling
Templeton Rye Whiskey Great Northern Distilling

Rye whiskey has a bit of a serious history in the Americas (a bunch in Pennsylvania), something we’ll get into soon enough, but meanwhile, what you should know is there’s a serious emphasis on a majority of rye as the total component of the mash bill.

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The Traditional Countries
The Traditional Countries

American rye whiskey. In the United States, "rye whiskey" is, by law, made from a mash of at least 51 percent rye. (The other ingredients of the mash are usually corn and malted barley.) It is distilled to no more than 160 U.S. proof (80% abv), and aged in charred, new oak barrels.

Tuthilltown Spirits Wild Turkey Bourbon
Tuthilltown Spirits Wild Turkey Bourbon

Rye whiskey can refer to either of two, different, but related, types of whiskey: American rye whiskey, which must be distilled from at least 51 percent rye; Canadian whisky, which is often referred to as rye whisky for historical reasons, although it may or may not actually include any rye in its production process.

Whiskey From the New World
Whiskey From the New World

Rye whiskey has a bit of a serious history in the Americas (a bunch in Pennsylvania), something we’ll get into soon enough, but meanwhile, what you should know is there’s a serious emphasis on a majority of rye as the total component of the mash bill.

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