Rye Whiskey vs. Bourbon
Today the main differences are that Bourbon has to be made in America, while Rye Whiskey can be made anywhere, and whereas Bourbon has to be made from 51% corn, Rye has to be made from 51% rye. Corn distillation produces a sweeter tasting Bourbon Whiskey while Rye presents as zestier.
What is the best way to drink Rye Whiskey?
You can't make a proper Old Fashioned, Sazerac or Manhattan without Rye. The Spirit also can be paired with Club Soda or Ginger Ale, or drunk straight, neat or on the rocks.
What is Straight Rye Whiskey?
For an American Brown Spirit to be labeled a Straight Rye Whiskey it must be distilled from at least 51% Rye and aged for a minimum of two years.