Skip to comments.Rye: a classic American whiskey is coming back
Posted on 04/13/2009 6:29:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono
There's a modern day whiskey rebellion brewing. Rye, once the quintessential American whiskey (it even was distilled by George Washington), is pushing back from an obscurity triggered in part by Prohibition, but also by the post-Prohibition rise of its cousin, bourbon. Last year, rye sales were up 30 percent over 2007, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. And since 2007, more than 15 new brands have come to market, including Jim Beam's premium (ri)1. "Cocktail trendsetters across the country really dig on rye," says Duggan McDonnell, a bartender at San Francisco's Cantina. "And tastemakers love the flavor profile. It's being rediscovered and applied to a ton of cocktails. What was hip long ago is cool again."
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Rye whisky, Rye whisky,
Rye Whiskey I cry,
If I don’t get Rye Whisky
I surely will Die.
A historical family verse from my Irish side relatives....long time ago.
I wasn’t aware it ever went away.
Neither, it seems, is the nation of Canada.
If the ocean was whiskey
And I was a duck,
I’d swim to the bottom
And never come up.
Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, etc.
Old Guckenheimer: My choice for many, many years ..... !
Jim Beam’s rye isn’t too bad but Old Overholdt is my favorite. For some reason I always enjoyed it more because it wasn’t fashionable.
But Canadian rye whisky isn’t required by law to even contain rye like it is in America. Where if it is to be considered rye whiskey it must contain 51% rye.
I like quite a wide variety of whiskey’s, but somehow I’ve never found a rye that caught my attention. I guess it’s just not my thing.
Rye whiskey and Canada Dry ginger ale. Great drink. Rye and coke is good too, albeit a bit more, uh, pedestrian.
Rye - it’s not just for whiskey anymore.
I have always had the impression that rye whiskey was more of a holdover from the "old country" and that - if the title wasn't alternately held by rum or hard cider, depending on the era - corn squeezings (bourbon or otherwise) symbolized the young Republic. I must confess that rye was usually out of my price range back when I was an avid whiskey consumer.
Seeing that rye whiskey song just brought back a long-dormant memory of my dad singing it - in what I thought was singing cowboy style - when I was a very young lad. Odd how the synapses will fire with a little help.
Canadian whiskey isn’t really rye, and it’s not called rye. It’s labeled ‘Canadian’ whiskey. It’s mostly neutral spirits.
Rye Whiskey, Rye Whiskey
Rye Whiskey I cry.
If I don’t have Rye Whiskey
I swear that I’ll die!
If the ocean was Whiskey
and I was a duck.
I’d dive to the bottom
and never come up!
Country Western song, sung about 1950 or so. Forget the name of the singer.
I make a corn whiskey and barley-peat malt whisky and both I admit everyone has been happy with. I lean towards Kentukey and Tennessee whiskeys over Scotch whisky, peated malt and sweet sugars can’t be beat.
Rye, I know nothing about, but have an open mind if enough peer pressure is applied... ;-) I’d like a good rye recipe.
Not easy to find outside Iowa, but I get mine at the local Hy-Vee for $30 a bottle. Incredible stuff.
You beat me to the post, but I remember it as a country western song recorded in about 1950. I posted mine with another verse added!
Never tried Rye whiskey .... but I’ll pick some up now. Worst case it goes into the BBQ sauce mixes as a flavor.
5 years ago, I had a very hard time finding rye. Now it’s everywhere.
Ok, I remember now, it was Tex Ritter, John Ritter’s father BTW, a big country western singing star in the 1940s,50s. I remember hearing that song a lot because my step father was a big country western fan.
What kind of bottle is that?
I remember my dad having one that looked similar to it when I was a kid, except it was encased in brown leather.
My brother-in-law told me about it a few years ago and I kept an eye out. I happened to stumble upon it about a year ago looking for some Jim Beam Black.
It’s all I drink now. Great smooth stuff with an incredible bootleg history. Apparently it was one of Capone’s favorites.
Canadian whisky is often referred to as “rye whisky”, since historically much of the content was from rye. With no requirement for rye to be used to make whiskies with the legally-identical labels “Canadian Whisky”, “Canadian Rye Whisky” nor “Rye Whisky” in Canada, provided they “possess the aroma, taste and character generally attributed to Canadian whisky” In some cases, the corn-to-rye ratio may be as high as 9:1. Most contemporary Canadian whisky contains only a fraction of rye.
In contrast with the US “straight rye whisky” counterpart, a minimum of 3 years of small (<=700l/~185USG) wooden barrel aging is required for the “Canadian Whisky”, “Canadian Rye Whisky” and “Rye Whisky” labels, although they need not be new oak, nor charred, necessarily.
there we go Joe, My number one right there and has been for years!
Loving that Alberta Springs.
Sazeracs- yum, great use of rye.
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