Rye: The youth movement
For most whiskey lovers, well-aged ryes have become too scarce to think about, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. In the decade since the cocktail revolution hit, 13-year-old Pappy Van Winkle has jumped from $38 a bottle to $1,200 or more, and $300 alternatives are relative bargains. Young rye will never be a true sipping spirit, but the best examples are “enormously appealing” in Manhattans or other classic whiskey cocktails.
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey ($38). “Spicy, fruity, and complex,” our panel’s favorite young rye of the 20 we tested offers notes of “citrus, coconut, and coffee.”
Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye ($30). Produced by the same Kentucky distillery, this “exuberant” and “unabashedly young” rye bursts with flavors of cinnamon, oak, and citrus.
New York Distilling Co. Ragtime Rye ($45). Made by a craft distiller in Brooklyn, Ragtime is a bit harsh on the nose, but on the palate, it’s “sweetly fruity and complex.”