Re: Which rye to try?
I love rye. Of the ones you have listed here, I would recommend the Sazerac 6, Rittenhouse 100 or Wild Turkey 101. All are very good ryes that are emblamatic of ryes spicy qualities. Rittenhouse 100 is probably the most balanced, Sazerac the most complex, WT101 the best bang for the buck. Both Sazerac and WT have a good spicy punch while Rittenhouse is more subtle.
I dislike the Beam ryes (Old Overholt and Rye 1). Both lack spice. Russel Reserve, which is a Wild Turkey product, is good but too, well, reserved for me.
Hirsch Canadian does not fit in with the others. The others listed are American straight ryes whereas the Hirsch is a Canadian whisky. Canadians are commonly referred to as ryes but they are blends which are different in character from American straight ryes.
I've never had Michter's rye. Michter's is, of course, an independent bottler, so their rye could come from any of the major distilleries that make rye (Beam, Buffalo Trace, Tom Moore, WT, Heaven Hill, Lawrenceburg)