5 Awesome Ryes Under $60


Winter is here and it is time to break out a spicier spirit, ryes. Perfect for this time of the year. They are some spicy bois that keep you warm inside. 

Here are 5 spicy bois that come in under or around $60 that can be easily found:

Old Forester Rye 


Distillery: Brown-Forman 

Price: $20-$25

Proof: 100

Age: NAS

Mash Bill: 65% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, 15% Corn

Nose: Rich brown sugar and magnolia blossom, with hints of soft sassafras and candied lemon

Palate: Spice awakens immediately leading with sharp black pepper and cinnamon stick, rounding out with notes of dried dill and baked apple

Finish: Allspice and peppercorn introduce a loyal and dry finish which ignites with pine, anise, and bright lemon zest

"...Such a high proportion of barley allows for a fully natural fermentation process, forgoing the need for artificial enzymes commonly found in high rye mash bills. Additionally, a generous percentage of malt yields a unique floral character, balancing the sharp, brisk spice of the rye grain. Continuing our legacy of quality and consistency, Old Forester uses its own proprietary yeast strain, produces every barrel, and distills every drop."


Redwood Emerald Giant Rye


Distillery:  Redwood Empire

Price: $30-$36

Proof: 90

Age: A blend of 3 to 5-year-old barrels

Mash Bill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Nose: Natural rye aroma followed by a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon with a faint hint of pepper

Palate: Unparalleled spice complexity with smooth rye notes. 

Finish: A hint of honey and orange peel becomes peppery with a lingering cinnamon finish

"We started with a mash-bill of 95% premium rye and aged it for over 3 years in new charred oak barrels. Spicy with an exceptionally smooth finish..."


Pikesville Rye


Distillery: Heaven Hill

Price: $45-$55

Proof: 110

Age: 6 Years Old

Mash Bill: 51% Rye, 35% Corn, 14% Malted Barley

Nose: Dusty cocoa notes with oaky smoke underneath

Palate: Dry and spicy, with honeyed rye and cloves

Finish: Soft vanilla and baking spices

"First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, Pikesville Rye, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry, was shuttered by Prohibition. The brand reemerged after Prohibition and became the last standing Maryland Rye, as the rest of the industry's production had ceased. Now produced in Kentucky from extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations, Heaven Hill Distillery keeps this historic Maryland mark alive."


Wilderness Trail Rye


Distillery: Wilderness Trail

Price: $55-$65

Proof: Cask Strength 

Age: 4 years plus

Mash Bill: 56% Rye, 33% Corn, 11% Malted Barley




"Our rye mash bill is one we created for a broader balance of flavor to offset the typical high ryes commonly found. We use Kentucky-grown Heritage rye from our local KY Proud farm. We enter the new, air-dried #4 char, 53-gallon barrels at 100 proof and 105 proof for our Rye Whiskey and age until maturity in our barrelhouse. We age our Rye Whiskeys on the upper floors of our rickhouses for a minimum of 4 years with regular expressions expected to be between 6 and 8 years of age."


Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye


Distillery: Wild Turkey

Price: $60-$65

Proof: Cask Strength

Age: A blend of 4, 6, and 8-year-old

Mash Bill: 51% Rye, 37% Corn, 12% Malted Barley

Nose: Caramel apple & vanilla

Palate: Caramel & fruit

Finish: Smooth with spice & dried fruit

"...Rare Breed Rye is a blend of non-chill filtered rye. It is barrel-proof, meaning that it’s uncut, bottled directly from the barrels at the proof it is reached in those barrels."

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