Originally Posted by thepataphysician
CC isn't a pure rye, but it is the closest thing that most bars will have.
To be honest, most mass-market Canadians have very little character of any sort at all. As I wrote, there's probably precious little rye in Canadian Club or most other Canadians. Smaller volume products like Forty Creek and Lot 40 will have much more, although they're not commonly-seen. If you want rye character and the bar you're at doesn't have straight rye, a high-rye bourbon like Wild Turkey, Old Grand-Dad, or Bulleit is your best bet. Wild Turkey also has a straight rye that's very good, although you don't see it that often.
usually I drink rittenhouse rye, but I like old overholt as well. don't even waste your time with jim beam rye - it is harsh and pretty awful. anyway a real rye manhattan with a dash of campari instead of regular bitters is pretty much perfect.
Interestingly, Old Overholt and Jim Beam Rye are produced in the same stills using the same mashbill and aged in the same barrels in the same warehouses for the same length of time. I actually like Jim Beam Rye, although its character is noticeably different from Old Overholt. In addition to the aforementioned WT Rye, there's also Sazerac Rye (6 years old and very good), Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye (13 years old and excellent), and the Sazerac 18 year old (just fantastic). I have read recently that WT is going to introduce a 6 year old Russel's Reserve Rye soon, designed to compete with Sazerac. I will be trying that one, too.