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What else is in Straight Rye?


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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?

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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:

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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.

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So would Old Potrero single malt rye also be a straight rye under these definitions?

No because all of the whiskey aren’t 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

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