Wallet Friendly Rye Whiskeys

If you're looking for a new rye whiskey for your home bar but don't want to spend an arm and a leg, give one of these bottles a try!
Apr 12, 2017
  • 10
    Full Bodied
    Walter Catton, Mark Fellwock and Jenney Grant produce spirits at Holland, Michigan's Coppercraft Distillery on the site of an old brick supply house. This is a 100% rye.
  • 9
    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.
  • 8
    Sweet & Floral
    Two brothers Ryan and Garrett Burchett run the Mississippi River Distilling Co. Their whiskey is named after the famed Buffalo Bill Cody who was a fan of the ever-so- popular-for-the-times rye and as such, the brothers decided to age a 100% rye whiskey. With grain purchased solely from Dave and Jim Wherry in Fulton, IL Cody Road Rye takes a remarked leap in the opposite direction to most rye lovers, being a touch fruitier and floral than most of its competitors including Templeton.
  • 7
    Herbal & Sweet
    Sourced whiskey from Indiana with a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% barley, this whiskey is the younger sibling of the Redemption Rye Whiskey. It is also bottled at a lower 80 proof instead of 92. Aged for 2 years, this is a rye that is priced to mix or shoot.
  • 6
    Vanilla & Spicy
    This brand is named after Abraham Overholt, a Pennsylvania farmer that had switched his focus from farming to distilling in the early 1800s. At beginning of Prohibition, the whiskey was granted a medicinal license and the popularity of the brand surged. The Pennsylvania brand has survived, but has been produced in Kentucky for some time now and is currently owned by Beam Suntory.
  • 5
    Spicy & Full Bodied
    This 81-proof bottling was released in early 2012, in part to stretch their rye stock from running completely out as the 101-proof had been embraced and bought up by bartenders for classic cocktails. This blend of 4-5 year olds keeps the crisp, brightness of a mash-forward bottling while still being in the barrel long enough for the char #4 to do its job. This rye holds up to cocktails, but is good enough to enjoy neat or on the rocks (for those who are used to a bit more heat and spice). Its label and packaging was redesigned in September 2016.
  • 4
    One of the heroes 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.
  • 3
    Spicy & Full Bodied
    This straight rye whiskey has over 90% rye in its mash bill. Aged in new, charred American oak, it is non-chill filtered and bottled at 100 proof. James E. Pepper is an American whiskey brand which was relaunched in 2008. The whiskey is currently contract distilled by MGP in Indiana and aged and bottled in Kentucky. As of December 2017, the former James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky has been renovated with distillation currently in progress. Expect the distillery to be open to the public by summer 2018.
  • 2
    Redemption Straight Rye is sourced from MGP in Indiana. It has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% barley malt. The whiskey is aged for 2.5 years in new, charred American oak. Great for cocktails and over ice. Try in Manhattans, Chapel Hills or Whiskey Sours. Note: Updated packaging as of November 2016.
  • 1
    Sweet & Rich
    Russell’s Reserve 6 Year 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.