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GoodDram
04-18-2007, 12:24
I've been considering getting a Straight Rye Whiskey (Like Rittenhouse or Wild Turkey Rye). I know that straight just means a minimum of 51%. So what else is commonly included in Straight Rye? Malted Barley? Wheat?

cowdery
04-18-2007, 17:10
Rittenhouse and other typical straight ryes are 51% rye, 39% corn and 10% malt.

bluesbassdad
04-18-2007, 21:17
As Chuck has spelled out on more than one occasion (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=70477&highlight=government+straight#post70477), "straight" means more than you say.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

GoodDram
04-19-2007, 12:48
Do any Rye makers include any Wheat in their Straight Rye recipies, or is it just corn and malted barley?

BourbonJoe
04-19-2007, 16:32
If there was wheat in there it would be a 4 grain. Therefore wheat is not present in any straight rye whiskey to my knowledge.
Joe :usflag:

cowdery
04-19-2007, 21:57
There's no requirement that a straight rye contain any corn or malt, so it could be 100% rye, or something less than that but more than 51%, and filled in with anything else, such as wheat, but it just so happens that no one is doing that.

Not talking about tiny distillers and "dusty" barrels, all of the straight rye on the market today is made by Heaven Hill (actually, by Brown-Forman for Heaven Hill), Jim Beam, Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace. Most if not all of their recipes call for 51% rye, 39% corn and 10% malt.

"Straight" really just means that the whiskey has finished at least two years of aging.

sku
04-20-2007, 22:01
So would Old Potrero single malt rye also be a straight rye under these definitions?

nor02lei
04-21-2007, 01:20
So would Old Potrero single malt rye also be a straight rye under these definitions?

No because all of the whiskey arenít matured in new charred oak barrels but the single malt straight rye from the same distillery is a straight rye according to these definition.

Leif

TNbourbon
04-21-2007, 07:28
So would Old Potrero single malt rye also be a straight rye under these definitions?

The 19th Century Old Potrero, which was aged 3 years in new, charred oak, is a straight rye, and says so on the label.
http://www.anchorbrewing.com/about_us/oldpotrero.htm