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All about rye whiskey
What's rye whiskey?
Stringent regulations govern the production of American rye whiskey, which is a distinct style of liquor. The mash for this alcohol must contain at least 51% actual rye grain, while the remaining contents may contain corn, wheat or malted barley. This liquor requires distillation to no more than 160 proof and must contain 40% ABV when bottled. Manufacturers allow this distilled liquid to age in charred new oak barrels for at least two years.
The flavor profile of this liquor
Rye has a spicy flavor with a peppery zing that greets you as soon as you sip this drink. Unlike bourbon with rich and sweeter notes, this aged whiskey leans towards a more savory profile. It leaves a lively flavor on your palate with hints of vanilla and caramel resulting from the oak barrels. Different brands feature complex spicy flavors, giving you many options to satisfy your taste buds.
How to drink rye whiskey
Enjoy this liquor neat or on the rocks if you love bold peppery notes in your drink. It's a great drink to savor straight up when the weather turns cool. Add this spicy whiskey to your liquor collection so you're able to whip up classic cocktails such as Manhattans or Sazeracs for your guests. Pair it with club soda or ginger ale to add a refreshing twist to this boldly flavored whiskey.
Food pairings with rye
Rye whiskey features striking notes of pepper or chili. Any dish with a boldly flavored sauce containing spices pairs well with this spirit. The peppery notes in the drink and the food come together to create a delectable palate. Potatoes, salmon, lamb or beef topped with a peppery sauce blend well with this whiskey.