Our Favorite Affordable Ryes

We love rye whiskey, but it's picking up in popularity and can sometimes be too expensive. These are some of our favorite rye whiskeys for under $40!
Nov 09, 2016
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    10 Ezra Brooks Straight Rye
    87
    Vanilla & Sweet
    Ezra Brooks Straight Rye was added to the Ezra Brooks family of whiskeys in early 2017. This straight rye whiskey is distilled in Indiana and is made from a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It is aged in new, charred American oak barrels before being bottled at 90 proof. This rye whiskey bears no-age statement.
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    9 Glynnevan Double Barrelled Canadian Rye
    87
    Fruity
    The Authentic Seacoast Distillery celebrated its grand opening in the summer of 2016 but this particular whisky was sourced from western Canada. It then travelled across the country to be blended and matured next to Nova Scotia’s Guysborough Harbour where it received a second barrelling close to the Atlantic Ocean. Glynn Williams created this whisky as a tribute to his son Evan. Available in Canada only.
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    8 George Dickel Rye
    87
    Herbal & Spicy
    George Dickel Rye is distilled at the MGP distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. It's produced with a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley before it is aged for 5 years in new, charred American oak. It is finished with the signature Dickel sugar-maple charcoal filtration and bottled at 90 proof.
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    7 Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye
    88
    Sweet
    Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye is the first proprietary rye brand released by MGP Ingredients based in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This straight rye whiskey is aged at least four years in new, charred American oak and is bottled at 94 proof. It was made from a batch of 159 barrels. Availability begins in June 2018 in select markets in the Midwest and Southwest US.
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    6 Hochstadter's Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey
    88
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Cooper Spirits has created a unique North American whiskey in the tradition of Scottish blending known as vatting, where a selection of, in this case, rye whiskeys have been chosen from different distilleries in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Alberta, Canada to marry together in vats to create one expression. The selected whiskeys are aged between 4 - 15 years and once they get to know each other, bottled at 100 proof.
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    5 Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye
    90
    Spicy & Vanilla
    Answering the call for a bolder, burlier rye, Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe has turned to one of the distillery's oldest recipes. Pre-Prohibition Style aims to recreate the rowdy frontier style of a rye from the days before the Roaring '20s.
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    4 Russell's Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
    90
    Sweet & Rich
    Russell’s Reserve Straight Rye is matured in the deepest no. 4 char barrels. Aged for six years in the “center cut” of the rickhouse. It is hand-selected by Jimmy and Eddie Russell. Bottled at 45% ABV.
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    3 Sazerac Straight Rye
    91
    Fruity & Rich
    Named after the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street in New Orleans (and subsequently the cocktail), this rye is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. It is aged from four to six years and formerly had an age statement of six years. Bottled at 90 proof. The rye category's growing popularity has made this bottling difficult to keep in stock.
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    2 Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond
    92
    Oily
    One of the hero's of the rye world, Rittenhouse is a must have in your home bar, neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail. It's a bargain for a bonded rye and always a welcome gift for beginners or those more advanced. This rye whiskey from Heaven Hill is bottled at 50% ABV.
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    1 Woodford Reserve Straight Rye
    94
    Sweet & Rich
    As of early 2015, Woodford Reserve Rye is the latest member of the Woodford family of American whiskeys to join the party! Master Distiller Chris Morris has been working on this project since 2006, as an answer to fans who for many years have been requesting a rye from this historic distillery. It's made from a 53% rye mash bill, produced and aged at their distillery in Versailles, Kentucky.