Rye Whiskey is making a big comeback in the whiskey world, mainly due to the influence of more old world cocktails. There are numerous options in the market today and here are a couple of options to consider.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky is the newest addition to the Crown Royal family. It has a mashbill of 90% Rye which brings forward many spicy peppery notes to the whisky. The distinct Canadian climate provides ideal conditions for growing rye grains. These grains are planted in the fall, then covered with snow for the winter months and then finish their growth cycle once they have sprouted during the spring and summer. The extra time the grains take to fully mature results in flavorful notes of fruit, cloves, and spice. The appearance is amber in color with a smell of baked apple, cereal, and light wood notes. The taste has some candied sweetness at the finish, with hints of oak, spice, and vanilla. This whisky was also part of the whiskey bible this year, which will most certainly make it a great addition to any whiskey bar.
Bulleit Rye Whiskey is one of the most popular rye whiskeys we have here at West Vail Liquor Mart. It boasts a 95% rye grain mashbill, which far surpasses the industry standard of 51%. Although this whiskey is not distilled in the Bulleit facility, it is carefully blended to create a superb product. This golden amber spirit has aromas of oak, dark fruits, and mellow vanilla. The taste is full of nutty, spicy, and toffee flavors, with some mild notes of maple and oak on the finish. At 90 proof Bulleit Rye is still very smooth, with no discernible burn outside the peppery spice. This makes Bulleit Rye a great option for sipping neat or on the rocks. It is probably one of our favorites here at West Vail Liquor Mart due to its high quality, easy drinking feel, and low price point.
Next time you are in West Vail Liquor Mart grab a bottle of rye whiskey to take home and enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season!
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