A Rye Whiskey, or more commonly called a Rye, is whiskey made anywhere in the United States that follows a strict set of regulations as set forth in the Spirits Act of 1964.
The regulations set forth in the Spirits Act are as follows:
Straight Rye must follow all of the regulations that Rye does, but also must be aged for a minimum of 2 years and if aged less than 4 years, must have a precise age statement on the bottle. This means that all Straight Rye Whiskey expressions that lack an age-statement are at least 4 years old.
Some examples of each type of Rye we’ve looked at are listed below:
Rye: Old Pogue Five Fathers, Hudson Manhattan Rye
Straight Rye: Pikesville Rye, Willett Family Estate Small Batch Rye, Knob Creek Rye