The two most common types of Rye Whiskey are American Rye Whiskey and Canadian Rye Whisky.
American Rye Whiskey:
Rye Whiskey is similar to Bourbon, but instead of being predominantly corn it’s primary ingredient is rye. In order for it to be classified as a Rye Whiskey, it has to meet the following requirements.
•Must contain at least 51% rye.
•Must be produced in the United States.
•Must be aged in new charred oak barrels.
•Cannot be distilled to no more than 80% abv (160 proof).
•Must enter the cask at no more than 62.5% abv (125 proof).
There is not a mandated maturation, although rye whiskey must be aged for at least 2-years, and it is referred to Straight Rye.
Canadian Rye Whisky:
Canadian Whisky is often referred to as Rye Whisky, because historically the Canadians predominantly used rye. Unlike American Rye Whiskey, there aren’t any requirements for a Canadian Rye Whisky. Most Canadian Whiskies are blended; and have to be aged in wooden barrels that are <700 litres.
Taste of Rye Whiskey:
Rye Whiskeys can often taste similar to a hoppy IPA, as the rye has a distinctive taste. The rye produces a lively spiciness with notes of caramel and vanilla that are picked up from the barrels.
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