View Full Version : Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

12-02-2004, 17:46
My favorite bourbons *so far* have had a tendancy to be wheaters but I don't want to miss out on the pleasures rye might have to offer, so I'm wondering which bourbons go for lots of rye in their mashbill. Is Bulleit one of them?

I'm aware there is the option to go straight rye, and I'll likely give that a whirl sometime. But it's easy to mark those out, while it's so not obvious which bourbons are the rye-heavy ones.

12-02-2004, 18:11
I can get you started off with a few:

Old Grand Dad (all of 'em!)
Basil Hayden

12-02-2004, 18:56
Basil Hayden.....that was the other one beside Bulleit I was trying to think of.. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

12-02-2004, 19:27
Just to reiterate what others have said, Bulleit is a good one. Basil Hayden is good, but not necessarily worth the price. Old Grand-Dad Bottled-in-bond is good, and I've heard good things about the Old Grand-Dad 114 (but I haven't tried it).

I've suspected that Eagle Rare has a good amount of rye in it's mashbill, but someone who is more knowledgeable can probably say for sure.

I've also been told that the Wild Turkey mashbill has more rye in it than usual, but I've only tried Rare Breed, and I don't taste much rye in it.

12-03-2004, 08:39
OGD 114 - the finish of this is so rye heavy it tastes like WT Rye!


12-04-2004, 10:29
Both Very Old Barton and Old Forester are excellent traditional examples.


12-04-2004, 12:59
Thanks to everyone for the responses. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

12-04-2004, 14:40
Would the Jim Bean BIB that's available duty free be considered Rye-heavy?

12-04-2004, 15:22
Would the Jim Bean BIB that's available duty free be considered Rye-heavy?

I would assume that it is no more rye-heavy than any other bottling. The only difference would be the proof.

BTW, I'm not familiar with the Jim Bean brand. Is it new? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

12-04-2004, 19:14
DOH! That's what I get for being online before 7am on a Sunday http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

12-04-2004, 21:25
Beam has essentially two mash bills, both with rye as one of the small grains. However, the 'rye-heavier' one would be that which makes Old Grand-Dad and Basil Hayden's, for example. It would not include the basic Beam brands.