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  1. #1
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    Rye for a newbie?

    I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to rye but have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have tasted.
    I know Rittenhouse BiB seems to be a staple around here but my local shop has some great prices right now so I've been eyeing the High West Double Rye and the Willett Single barrel (Not sure on the age, I'll have to check when I go back). I've heard great things about both but have heard the Double Rye is a bit intense and quite different from traditional ryes (please correct me if I'm wrong on this point).

    I'm just looking for a rye in the $30 range that would be a great starter for a bourbon drinker. I do really enjoy rye heavy bourbons. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakew View Post
    I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to rye but have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have tasted.
    I know Rittenhouse BiB seems to be a staple around here but my local shop has some great prices right now so I've been eyeing the High West Double Rye and the Willett Single barrel (Not sure on the age, I'll have to check when I go back). I've heard great things about both but have heard the Double Rye is a bit intense and quite different from traditional ryes (please correct me if I'm wrong on this point).

    I'm just looking for a rye in the $30 range that would be a great starter for a bourbon drinker. I do really enjoy rye heavy bourbons. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!
    The Willett is going to be very good but also less traditional as it is LDI distillate (95% rye mashbill). Standard Sazerac would be my recommendation if it is available. It should give you a good entry into the rye world and the most recent bottle of it I bought is very good. If you can get Rittenhouse you should probably buy that too for comparison.

    If you like Beam products the Beam rye is a good choice. If you're put off by the Beam "funk" then avoid the rye at all cost.
    Life's too short, and there's too much good whiskey within reach.

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    One of the first I ever bought was the Sazerac Rye (referred to as "baby Saz") - usually around $24, but lately hard to find around here.

    I liked it straight, on the rocks, and in a Sazarac cocktail (which is actually the reason I bought it initially). From there, I was hooked ...
    Mark

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakew View Post
    I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to rye but have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have tasted.
    I know Rittenhouse BiB seems to be a staple around here but my local shop has some great prices right now so I've been eyeing the High West Double Rye and the Willett Single barrel (Not sure on the age, I'll have to check when I go back). I've heard great things about both but have heard the Double Rye is a bit intense and quite different from traditional ryes (please correct me if I'm wrong on this point).

    I'm just looking for a rye in the $30 range that would be a great starter for a bourbon drinker. I do really enjoy rye heavy bourbons. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!
    I'm not a fan of the Double Rye, but I would recommend the Rendezvous Rye, though it's been a year or two since I've had it so it may have changed a bit. Oh, and I guess it's priced beyond your $30 budget...

    Get Wild Turkey 101 Rye if you can find it on the shelf. The Ritt is probably the most bourbony rye out there.
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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    I guess I prefer the less traditional ryes because I really enjoy High West Double Rye, High West Rendezvous Rye, and Willet 4 Year Rye. I stock up on Baby Saz because it makes a fantastic Old Fashioned. For the price I like Buellit Rye, though more as a mixer than straight. I must be the lone person on this forum who doesn't like Rittenhouse Rye. It was fine in a mixed drink, but I didn't really enjoy it neat. Was real similar to Russel's Reserve Rye, which I like a little more.

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    I'd certainly echo the previous comments that have been posted.

    That's one of the great thing about the whole rye category, there really is a decent selection, that are all really good representatives on their on, in the price range that you are looking at

    Whether it be Ritt BIB, Bulliet, Baby Saz, Willett, or WT 101 rye, you just can not go wrong.

    Sipping on a nightcap of Willett 4yr rye myself for the night. Killer rye if I say so.

    Enjoy them all. And seek out the older ryes as well, there are certainly a special bunch all their own.

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    I would also recommend you choose the High West Rendezvous over the Double Rye. The Rendezvous is a bit more refined and less "in your face" than the Double Rye, making it a good choice for someone new to this style. I always keep a bottle of Rendezvous in the bunker as it is a stellar whiskey by almost any measure.

    I would also recommend seeking out some of the staple ryes to cut your teeth on. These include baby Sazerac, Rittenhouse 100 bottled in bond, and Wild Turkey 101. Work through these first and then move on to the spicier young LDI found in the Willett and HW Double Rye.

    Spend some time with the whiskey. A good rye will have more flavor and nuance than bourbon, take your time and train your palate - it wil be well worth it. Lastly, try to drink your rye neat. I find that many ryes don't do well with water which can a bitter taste to the whiskey.

    Welcome to the forum and the world of rye.
    Last edited by LostBottle; 04-13-2012 at 23:50.

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    Quote Originally Posted by BFerguson View Post
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    Whether it be Ritt BIB, Bulliet, Baby Saz, Willett, or WT 101 rye, you just can not go wrong.
    ...

    B
    I totally agree. The Bulleit, and Willett are both made by LDI in Lawrenceburg, IN. The differrences are in age, and proof. I would probably advise against most of the less than 90 proof ryes, compared to the list above.

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    My first rye was the High West 21 yr and it was good but wrong place for me to start. Then my friend poured the hw double rye and i was hooked. Certainly in your face but in a very easy to drink way. Lots of great advice in the previous posts!

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    Re: Rye for a newbie?

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll keep them in mind on my trip out this evening! I appreciate it!
    Looks like I've got a lot of new bottles to try.

 

 

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