The latest Bon Appetit magazine has a short section on American Rye Whiskey. The article says they tasted 16 different ryes and came up with 5 to recommend. Their criteria is not specified but as usual it appears to be based on price brackets:
2. Russel's Reserve
4. Van Winkle
5. Old Potrero
A couple of issues ago they did something similar for Scotch. Although they are not as thorough as folks here would prefer, their little intros to spirits, wine and beer can be a good jumping off point for some. Their unusually lengthy article on IPAs last Spring was my spring board to craft beer.