A rye whiskey from Chicago's FEW distillery, named for temperance campaigner Frances Elizabeth Willard. This is rye heavy, with a touch of corn in the mix. Aged in air-dried oak barrels, this is a spicy offering.
A very special rye whiskey from High West's maverick David Perkins. This is a combination of a 2 year old 95% rye mashbill with a 16yo 53% rye mash and has gone down a storm in its home country, scoring 90 points from Malt Advocate's John Hansell.
700ml / 46%
A rye whiskey bottled under the reinvigorated James E Pepper label. James's grandfather has a claim to having opened the first Kentucky Distillery in 1776, but the James Pepper brand really hit its height in the early part of the 20th century, although it had disappeared by the latter parts. It's now back with this bourbon-esque, fruity rye whiskey.
Part of a broader project with other New York distillers, Kings County Empire Rye whiskey is made from 80% New York grown Danko rye and 20% english barley malt and is aged 2 years in charred oak barrels. With notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, mint, and cut grass with a finish of warm bread and holiday spice, this is a more flavorful rye than some of its commercial peers. Released at 102 proof, this is a potent entry into a much-loved category.
This single-barrel rye whiskey from Michter's works a treat both neat and in cocktails. Peppery and spicy, this also displays refreshing orange notes, plus sweet toffee/butterscotch. Very moreish.
Known as 'the Cowboy Whisky', Pendleton is a range of Canadian whiskies. This is a 100% rye, made with Mount Hood spring water, this is sweet and spicy.
The whiskey is named for the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, birthplace of the famous – and sublime – Sazerac cocktail. The Coffee House was acquired by Thomas H Handy, owner also of Peychaud’s Bitters. Originally, he sold bottles of the Sazerac cocktail, which was originally made with Cognac. Today, this glorious libation is produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery.