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    Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    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.

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    I can get you started off with a few:

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

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    Basil Hayden.....that was the other one beside Bulleit I was trying to think of..

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    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.

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    OGD 114 - the finish of this is so rye heavy it tastes like WT Rye!


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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    Both Very Old Barton and Old Forester are excellent traditional examples.

    Squire

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    Thanks to everyone for the responses.

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    Would the Jim Bean BIB that's available duty free be considered Rye-heavy?

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    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?

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    Re: Bourbon bottlings with rye-heavy mashbills

    DOH! That's what I get for being online before 7am on a Sunday

 

 

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