Which Rye Whiskey Should I Try?

Which Rye Whiskey Should I Try?

What ryes are out there and how are they different? I know I’ve talked about this in the past, but I got into a conversation with some folks yesterday about what ryes they should be trying. Many distilleries steer clear of making their own rye because of the production difficulties that rye grain can pose. Rye can be notoriously difficult to work with. Bruce Joseph, head distiller at Anchor Distilling, said, “Rye is a sticky, viscous, mess-a brewer’s nightmare.” It may be a bear to distill, but it makes a delicious whiskey and is only continuing to grow in popularity in the U.S. The original American ryes had high rye mashbills. Farmers in Pennsylvania in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were making their surplus harvested grains into whiskey. Though the...

Can We All Stop Talking Trash About Canadian Whisky Now?

Can we all stop talking trash about Canadian whisky now? 70% of Canadian whisky is shipped to the United States for sale. About 90% of the “good stuff” produced in Canada never leaves Canada. So what then? Seems we Americans are left with the short end of the stick, eh? We hold a grudge against Canada for some reason. Too many 7&7s were served in the 80’s and too many of our fathers (or grandfathers) drank Canadian Club in the 60’s, I guess (I’m talking to you, Don Draper!). The fact is that a lot of Americans don’t even know that they love a Canadian whiskey! Texas is the largest market for Crown Royal. (I actually have a Texas Ranger in my family that refuses to drink anything except Crown and Coke. I don’t have the heart to tell him…)...