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Kentucky Rye Whiskey

Kentucky has always had a tradition of making Rye Whiskey. In the 19th century, brands such as Old Crow, W.L. Weller, and other prominent brands of Bourbon each had a Rye Whiskey made under the same brand. Rye Whiskey played... Continue Reading →

Maryland Rye Whiskey

The State of Maryland has a long history of distilling. In fact, many early Kentucky distillers started distilling in Maryland. The most prominent family that came from Maryland were the Medley family, who came from Medley Bend on the Potomac... Continue Reading →

Six of My Favorite Rye Whiskeys Made By Kentucky Distillers

Kentucky distillers saved the American Rye whiskey category from oblivion.  During the 1970s as the Pennsylvania and Maryland distilleries were closing and everyone considered Canadian whisky as “rye whiskey”, Kentucky distilleries picked up many of the brands that were made... Continue Reading →

17 Very Good Rye Whiskeys Not Made In Indiana

About six years ago, John Pogue told me that MGP selling barrels of rye to rectifiers was the best and worst thing that has happened to rye whiskey in decades – the best thing because there was an explosive growth... Continue Reading →

Six Very Good Rye Whiskeys Not Made In Kentucky

When I started as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1992, there were very few distilleries outside of the State of Kentucky. Now there are several hundred distilleries not located in Kentucky and many of them are making excellent... Continue Reading →

Rye Whiskey Styles

I was looking at a document from the first decade of the 20th century the other day that was a study of barrel aging and saw the reference to “Bourbon Style Corn Whiskey”. I thought to myself that Bourbon really... Continue Reading →

Rosemary’s Study Of Michter’s Rye Whiskeys

Rosemary has a very inquisitive mind and she loves Michter’s Rye. She decided that she wanted to do a tasting of all of the products in the Michter’s Rye portfolio to see how they were alike as well as different.... Continue Reading →

A Brief History Of Rye Whiskey

The first recorded history of whiskey in America was a rye whiskey. In the year 1640 William Kleft, The Director of the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam, ordered distillation of a rye whiskey. Rye was the grain of choice in... Continue Reading →

Some More Thoughts on Rye

Before Prohibition, rye whiskey was the most popular whiskey in the United States. The big brands were based in Pennsylvania and Maryland, but Kentucky distillers also offered rye whiskies. W. L. Weller, Old Crow and others had rye whiskey versions... Continue Reading →

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