I can name you some ryes, without claiming they are all there are.
Wild Turkey Rye
Jim Beam Rye
Old Rip van Winkle Rye
Old Overholt (Canadian)
And here some links
http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/type/am ... y/rye.html
http://cocktails.about.com/gi/dynamic/o ... ey/rye.htm
Hope that helps. Good luck for your job.
leena wrote:i am in need of some help...
which whiskeys are rye whiskeys?
need to know to win a long running argument and possibly get me an exclusive bar job
ANY help would be greatly appreciated
In case you need a more generic explanation, I think they contain at least 51% rye in the mast. (I hope I don't sound patronising, as you probably know this already).
In the U.S., by law, if a whiskey is labelled "rye whiskey" it must contain at least 51% rye grain in it's mashbill (ground up grains).
In the U.S., a whiskey can contain alot of rye grain without having to be called such, (ie. not list that in it's labelling). To be labelled "bourbon" it must contain at least 51% corn, with the remainder often mostly rye and malted barley.
In the U.S., there is also a Rye whiskey that is made from 100% malted rye and as such is the only pure malt produced in the U.S. (Old Potrero)
in Canada, almost all Canadian Whisky is referred to as "rye whisky". However, Canadian whisky is almost always a blend of other distillates and flavourings, and most Canadian Whisky contains actually a very small portion of rye distillate (in Canada, it's mostly from corn) with some containing actually no rye whisky at all. Of course, there are exceptions.
So, if you are in the U.S. drinking a Canadian Whisky, is it really a "rye"?
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