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Whisky Glossary : Rye Whiskey

Whisky Glossary and Definitions

Unlike wine, for example, whisky is not really about mystification, but it does bring its own jargon. Any unusual terms you are likely to come across are described and defined in this section.

 
 

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Rye Whiskey

Whiskey made from at least 51 per cent rye. Production is similar to that of Bourbon

?The beating heart of Ireland?
?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city

September 2013, Issue 114, page 51

A drink not to mess with
In the first of a new series on great whisky cocktails, Ian Wisniewski looks at The Manhattan

January 2005, Issue 45, page 54

A free sofa with every case
The dignified advertisements you see in this publication belie the rough and tumble past of American whiskey promotion. Charles K.Cowdery reports

October 2006, Issue 59, page 52

A new frontier
Jonathan McCormick looks at selling bourbon to the Scots.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 20

Alchemy by the Bay
Stuart MacLean Ramsay takes a trip to the US west coast and checks out three very different but equally daring and passionate distillers

December 2001, Issue 20, page 38

Back in business
After 200 years,George Washington's distillery has been restored to its former glory, Charles K. Cowdery looks at the history and takes us behind the scenes

October 2006, Issue 59, page 48

Bars Guide: London
Capital investment. Let Neil Ridley take you through the bars of London

June 2014, Issue 120, page 51

Canadian whisky
Our man behind the stick delves into a flavourful world

June 2013, Issue 112, page 62

City Guide
1Bourbons Bistro 2255 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 www.bourbonsbistro.com In their spare time, the Bourbons Bistro owners travel the state, looking for unwanted stashes of whiskey. Instead of ...

April 2013, Issue 111, page 54

Drinking Large in the Windy City
Charles K.Cowdery finds craft cocktails in Chicago taking a whiskey spin.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 50

Dutch courage
Dave Broom takes a trip to Holland to visit a very Dutch distillery – Millstone.

January 2010, Issue 85, page 40

East Meets West
Liza Weisstuch reports on a meeting of minds at Mdount Vernon

July 2012, Issue 105, page 24

Elegy for the ‘Easy'
The death of New Orleans has been exaggerated

October 2005, Issue 51, page 11

Fit for a King
Jim Leggett visits the North Carolina's newest distillery to discover Kings Mountain Whiskeys

April 2013, Issue 111, page 32

From Eau-de-Vie to Uisge Beatha
Alex Kraaijeveld looks at the growth of alternative distillers worldwide – and he likes what he sees

June 2002, Issue 23, page 60

Future Casting
Our experts open their almanacs and explore the challenges facing the industry in 2011

January 2011, Issue 93, page 6

George and the Distilled Peach
Liza Weisstuch joins a group of distillers bringing history back to life

January 2011, Issue 93, page 50

God bless Herr Bourbon
Heinz Taubenheim's grand passions have made him the toast of the American whiskey world. Susanne and Juergen Deibel meet the genie behind the bourbon bottles

February 2000, Issue 8, page 28

Happy trails
Rob Allanson takes an educational trip through America's whiskey heartland

July 2007, Issue 65, page 18

Hudson Valley - A New Beginning in Distilling
A sneak preview of New York's newest whiskies

July 2014, Issue 121, page 44

In a Bar Down Under
We locate the very best of Oz's bars

September 2014, Issue 122, page 52

Let a thousand distilleries Bloom
A recent buy-out suggests that the American micro-distillery revolution means business. Charles K. Cowdery reports.

July 2010, Issue 89, page 14

Liquid education
Charles Cowdery discovers what the Scots taught the world.

October 2008, Issue 75, page 23

Manhattan expedition
Two barflys go in search of the perfect classic cocktail in this iconic part of New York.

October 2009, Issue 83, page 48

Mix it up and start again
Why don't whiskies from different nations ever get belnded togeterh? Or do they? Gavin Smith found out

December 2003, Issue 36, page 32

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Mixing history
Neil Ridley looks at two important cocktail tomes.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 44

New Orleans signature cocktail
Our intrepid reporters go in search of The Sazerac Trail

June 2014, Issue 120, page 41

Nothing wrong with Old Fashioned values
In the latest of his series on classic cocktails, Ian Wisniewski looks at the Old-Fashioned

March 2005, Issue 46, page 31

On the rebound
Rye is on the rise again,William M.Dowd looks at what's hot out there at the moment

July 2007, Issue 65, page 24

On the Rebound
If there's anything that can be said about 2010 when we look back on the year, it's that the economy had not quite rebounded back to tip top shape. Nations' economies tumbled, stock markets offered fe...

March 2011, Issue 94, page 8

Positive education
Martin Betts learnt more than a wealth of whisk(e)y knowledge from Whisky Magazine Live's Masterclasses, he found out that the Master Blenders and Distillers could communicate with the enthusiast with...

July 2001, Issue 17, page 30

Production Tastings
Grains

April 2013, Issue 111, page 38

Pushing back the frontiers of spirit in France (La Maison du Whisky)
Martine Nouet takes a closer look at near-legendary La Maison du Whisky, the Paris store that's done so much to change the old-fashioned perception of whisky in France

December 2001, Issue 20, page 54

Recreating history
What happens to United States Presidents after they leave office? The first one made whiskey. Charles K. Cowdery reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 28

Rediscovering America
Charles K. Cowdery looks at the changing state of play for the global drinks giant

July 2011, Issue 97, page 18

 

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Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A bourbon for non sweet teeth. Rich, very well structured.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A trifle sophisticated for my tastes, but a very fine rye whiskey.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berry's Own Selection Invergordon 38 Years Old 1971
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00%
8 The balance between sweet and sour is perfect. A grain whisky? I would have thought of an old bourbon.

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select
Tennessee - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 ?A classic rye whiskey. Gains balance and sweetness with a dash of water.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Sazerac 18 Years Old
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Another Rye Whiskey ? The nose is a bit dour but the palate is more balanced. An interesting character.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Eagle Rare 17 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 A bourbon close to a rye whiskey,well structured and quite complex.

Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye 12 Years Old
Rye - Canada - 40.00%
7 I would never have guessed it was a rye whiskey! Where is the spicy crispiness of the rye?

Basil Hayden's 8 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 Has an aromatic profile close to a rye whiskey. Quite charming. Too bad it has been emasculated by an excessive dilution. A handsome eunuch?

Old Malt Cask North Port 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.30%
7 Of interest to collectors, historians and the likes of me, but this Brechin brew, staunched in 1983, never made a great whisky.

 

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