Rye

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  1. samus

    samus Senior member

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    Can anyone tell me what to look for in a rye whiskey? I have a decent (but still nascent) sense of Scotch and bourbon but I'd like to bone up on rye as well. My available selection is quite slim - I may only be able to get Beam, ri-1 (which looks entirely too hip for my tastes) and maybe Turkey. There is a spot on the shelf with a tag for Sazerac, but sadly I think it's been discontinued here.
     
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    I bought a bottle of Ri-1 a few months ago. I was suspicious that it might just be fancy packaging, but it is a very fine rye.

    I'm also a big fan of Old Overholt, which is much cheaper.
     
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    the wild turkey rye is supposed to be pretty good actually.
     
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    Jim Beam Rye is like the best bargain whiskey in the world.
     
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    samus Senior member

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    Jim Beam Rye is like the best bargain whiskey in the world.

    How does it compare to the Overholt? I checked and it ought to be available, and they are priced nearly the same.
     
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    scarphe Senior member

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    the rip vna winkle rye is decent, i have been told the sazerac is good as well.
     
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    How does it compare to the Overholt? I checked and it ought to be available, and they are priced nearly the same.

    I like the Overholt in mixed drinks considering the price. For sipping, it is not that great. I think the Sazerac is a good price point on its own.
     
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    How does it compare to the Overholt? I checked and it ought to be available, and they are priced nearly the same.
    Dunno, check reviews on Whisky Magazine's site.
     
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    Here is my 2 cents. Do not buy Ri(1). It is absolutely terrible. It only remotely tastes like rye. Sazerac is the best bang for your buck. Both the 6 yr ($25) and the 18 yr ($60) are amazing. I don't have enough experience with Old Overholt or Jeam beam or Wild Turkey to comment on them except to say, I have heard the Wild Turkey is the best of the bunch. Also, Rittenhouse "Bottled in Bond" is quite good for its cost ($20). If you want to get really fancy, go for Rittenhouse's older offerings: the 21 and 23 yr olds. The 23 is the best rye on planet earth.

    All-in-all, go for Sazerac or Rittenhouse. If those are not available, I would say go for Wild Turkey.
     
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    i can't believe how much I like sazerac 6yr... Probably more than any bourbon or scotch in the $20-40 price range, although perhaps Woodford is close.
     
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    I'm not a big fan of Rye however I found this stuff which I am a huge fan of. It's called "Templetons Rye" It was a favorite of Al Capone's. that he would stock his speaks with. It is amazingly smooth. It's made from the same prohibition era recipe. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks, everyone, for all the tips. I managed to get some Rittenhouse and Sazerac 6 year. The Rittenhouse is 'ok'. The Sazerac made a mean Manhattan, but I'm not crazy about it neat. Once I run through a few more bottles of whiskey I'll be on the lookout for an older rye that I might prefer on its own.
     
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    scarphe Senior member

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    This one is delicious:

    http://tuthilltown.com/QUALITY/rye.html

    Hudson Manhattan Rye.


    i haveread reviews on this one that say itis nto that great, but eh biggest probelsm that coems up in my mind is the price point to have full bottle you need bspend 80 usd.
     

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