Do you like Rye Whiskey?

I love all whiskeys. Scotch. Irish. Bourbon. Rye. Canadian.

I’ve recently tried two rye whiskeys. Russel’s Reserve (which I like, but I think is too woodsey) and Rye 1.

Rye 1 is quite possibly the smoothest whiskey I’ve ever had.

One sucky thing about living in Oregon is the state-run liquor store. It’s hard to find one with much of a selection of high end stuff. I can get the popular high end, but when it comes to the really high end artisan whiskeys, I’m usually out of stock.

I’ve asked a handful of people if they like rye, and almost every single one said no. I wonder how many actually have tried rye. Percentage-wise, there’s very little of it on the shelf, and except for the two I tried, I wouldn’t be able to name one brand.

Old Overholt is a surprisingly decent rye for being dirt cheap (like $12 a fifth last time I was in a liquor store).

I like rye, it’s no bourbon, but then again, it’s no vodka either.

Old Overshoe is only fit for mixed drinks. Blech. I, OTOH, love Russell’s Reserve. It is my go-to rye for Manhattans and just drinking straight.

For killer rye, try Black Maple Hill. For cheap shit that is surprisingly drinkable, try Pikesville.

The only rye I’ve ever bought had half-rotted lemons already in the bottle. It was foul.

I’ll second the recommendation of Back Maple Hill. OTOH, I’m decidedly not a fan of the Russell’s, and I’d classify the Pikesville as “inoffensive” rather than “good”. My recommendation for cheap-but-surprisingly-good rye is the Rittenhouse bonded.

I like rye but I’ve never had super high end except for a bit of 150 year old Weiser’s I think, if that counts. other than that I like regular Weiser’s, Crown. I’ve had Gibson’s but can’t remember if I like it.

Oh whiskey, rye whiskey, whiskey I cry
If I don’t get rye whiskey, I surely will die

Rye is my favorite whiskey! We are, however, lame enough to have only started drinking it after Mad Men.

“It’s a whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry
If I don’t get rye whiskey, well, I think I will die!”

Copper Fox distillery in Virginia makes a very nice rye.

I like rye and came in to mention Copper Fox. They also make Wasmund’s single malt whiskey which is great, too.

Another Oregon poster here, and I know what you mean. I love Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, but I’m sure as hell not going to find in in any of our state run “lowest common denominator” stores.

Oh, yes, I like rye whiskey. I drink Gibson’s.

But I once had a bottle (a revival, I believe) of Gooderham and Worts, and it was the best I’ve had so far. I’ve never seen it in the liquor store since.

I’ve only had two, Templeton and Sazerac Rye, but I liked them both quite a bit. Mostly I drink Rye Whiskey when one of my two buddies who love it is drinking and/or pouring it.

I agree with you. For a low tier whiskey, it is a bargain. I drink it neat all the time. If I had to pick one under $20 a fifth whiskey, that’d be my choice.

Anyhow, I prefer rye to bourbon–bourbon runs sweet for my tastes, and a nice Islay malt to either of these. But variety is the spice of life, and all that, so I cycle through the different styles.

I’ve only had Russell’s Reserve and liked it well enough. But I still like bourbon better.

Has anyone tried WIld Turkey Rye Whiskey? I was given a bottle, and I want to know if it is better consumed neat, on the rocks, or in a Manhattan…

On the rocks.

Jim Beam Rye is the best kept secret in whisky. It is much too good for the $19 dollars they charge.