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Rye’s mainstream values

Rye is less sweet than bourbon and often more complex.

Small-batch ryes can be wonderful, but the quality doesn’t drop off much if you choose “bigger, familiar brands” instead, said Jason Wilson in The Washington Post. Interest in rye is growing. Less sweet than bourbon, it’s also often more complex, “with unusual peppery and bitter undertones.”

Russell’s Reserve 6 Year ($25). This is my “go-to” rye—“followed closely” by Bulleit. Both are great values and are easily found in most liquor stores.

Wild Turkey 81 Rye ($23). Whiskey snobs may “scoff at its proof,” but this is a “good introduction for the newbie whiskey drinker who hasn’t worked his or her way up to Wild Turkey’s 101-proof offering.”

Knob Creek Rye ($40). This new whiskey “offers big, complex flavor at 100 proof,” making it great for sipping neat or mixing in a cocktail.

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