What is Rye Whiskey?
Ryeis a historic American alcohol which is made from 51% rye and aged in charred, oak barrels. It originated in the northeastern United States in the 1700s. The presence of rye grain in the distillation process makes it unique among whiskeys. Rye grain is known for its sharp taste, pleasant and slightly spicy flavor, as well as its distinctive aroma.
There are two classifications of rye whiskey, each with different regulations:
- American rye whiskey is highly regulated. The standards produce fine rye whiskeys enjoyed world over.
- Canadian rye whiskey makers are far less regulated, resulting in a broad range of styles under the single classification.
Rye Whiskey vs Bourbon
Let us take a look at the differences between rye whiskey vs bourbon.
- At least 51% corn in the mash
- Made in the United States
- Aged in new charred oak barrels
- Bottled at 40% ABV or higher
- Tastes slightly sweet, with warm notes of vanilla
American Rye Whiskey
- At least 51% rye in the mash
- Production is in all other ways identical to bourbon
- Slightly dry and spicy, with subtler sweet aromas
Canadian Rye Whisky
- Blended whiskey. Some have 0% rye, while others have 100% rye
- Must be aged for at least 3 years
- You may find some to be light and smooth tasting, but others are quite intense!
How to Make?
- Step 1: Gather ingredients in the desired proportions for flavor
- Step 2: Soak sugar, and allow them to to release
- Step 3: Distill using a professional still, and separate the ‘heart’ or the best-tasting spirit which will evolve into whiskey
- Step 4: Barrel and age as per your taste
How to Drink?
- Enjoy neat or over ice
- Use in classic for a dryer version of a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned