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THE INFATUATION: 15 Best Rye Whiskeys For Newbies And Aficionados Alike

Ideal whether you prefer to drink it neat or use it to make a cocktail.

Written by Gabrielle Nicole Pharms

Bourbon is a major player in the whiskey world and it’s even regarded as “America’s Native Spirit.” But even if you consider yourself only a bourbon drinker, might we suggest expanding your whiskey repertoire and trying out rye?

Think of rye as bourbon’s polar opposite cousin: Both qualify as whiskey and have compelling flavors. They’re similar in how they can be enjoyed – on the rocks, neat, or in a cocktail. Their primary difference? If you want to get technical, according to United States law, rye whiskey is comprised of at least 51 percent rye while bourbon is crafted with at least 51 percent corn. That said for fans of the spirit, rye is a top pick thanks to its bold body coupled with its spicy bite.

Whether you’re new to rye or a longtime fan, there’s one out there for you. Allow this list of the best rye whiskey brands to be your guide regardless if you’re into drinking it neat or in a classic cocktail such as an Old-Fashioned or a Manhattan.

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Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey

Normally it’s easy to be skeptical of brands that collaborate with celebs but this rye whiskey, which developed in partnership with Bob Dylan, does not disappoint. You’ll notice a strong oak smell as well as notes of coriander and orange peel, which is due to the spirit being finished in toasted oak cigar barrels that are air-dried in Vosges, France.

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