The 2nd Ryevolution

The 2nd Ryevolution

The Return of Rye


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The Return of Rye.
 
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. In the 1600s, American colonists of Scottish and Irish descent really missed home. And Whisk(e)y. Which is basically inseparable. Oh, don't get us wrong, they did their best to recreate it. But it wasn't easy, or successful for that matter. So they tried something else. They redirected their efforts towards the plentiful grains—Corn and Rye. And Voilà! The birth of Rye Whiskey and Bourbon.
 
These two bad boys had worthy contender though. A real crowd favourite: Rum. So when the British blockade of the Caribbean wiped it off the shelves for a while, it was a HUGE turning point in American Spirits history. Rye got so big it sparked a revolution, a Whiskey Rebellion of sorts. Essentially the government tried to tax the distillers and they said nuh uh! The ABV boys came out victorious and Rye swept the nation, roaring to its peak during the Jazz Age in the 1920s.
 
But as all empires fall, so did the reign of Rye. What happened? The Dark Ages of Spirits, that’s what happened. The sub-par, watered down Moonshine, which passed for “Rye Whiskey” during Prohibition—shudder—punched its reputation into a proverbial pulp. You’ve probably guessed it by now… it was time for Bourbon to shine. And oh boy did it shine, and it continues to do so.
 
It wasn't until the late ‘90s that Rye started to claw its way back into the collective hive-mind. Buzz buzz. The two big stingers were the kickstarted craft micro-distillery movement, and the rejuvenated bar culture that recycled old cocktail recipes from the trashcan. We can safely say that the Rye is back, and here to stay baby! Woohooo!
 
This tasting box pays homage to the Rye of old, and basks in the glory of its recent reintroduction. Hold onto your tanga-briefs folks... it's time to dip into The R(y)evolution!
 
Cheers!
 
 
 
Smart-ass Corner
 
1) Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for imparting, what many call a spicy or fruity flavour, onto the Whiskey. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye), is not so sweet, and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
 
2) Before the prohibition Rye Whiskey distilleries dotted the landscape of the mid-Atlantic, spreading from New York to Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Even George Washington distilled Rye Whiskey on the Mount Vernon estate.
 
3) "Monongahela Rye" or Pennsylvania Rye is one of the biggest categories of Rye Whiskey. It contains a much higher percentage of Rye (more than 70%) than today's Kentucky Rye Whiskeys, which tend to have close to the minimum 51% Rye. Monongahela Rye usually combined malted and unmalted Rye. Pennsylvania's history with Rye Whiskey seems to be like Campbeltown's history with single malt - both were once big players in the industry, but today little remains from their glorious pasts.
 
4) Rye Whiskey was what most distilleries made before Prohibition. Then, after repeal in 1933, Bourbon, made from corn, became more popular. Corn was easier to grow, and the taste was sweeter. Rye Whiskey production is only a drop in the bucket compared to the rivers of Bourbon produced now, although Rye Whiskey sales have tripled in the past five years.
 
5) A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!  
 
6) Even though Canadian Whisky uses only a small portion of Rye in its blend, it is called Canadian Rye Whisky. This is mostly because 200 years ago, Rye was the prominent ingredient in their blends, even when corn replaced it the name just kind of stuck.
 
7) There are several Cocktails made with Rye, the Old Fashioned being one of the most well-known. Here’s a recipe: In an old fashioned glass add a sugar cube, 3-5 drops of bitters and a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved (you can add an orange wheel and muddle that as well). Add a gigantic ice cube or ball, top with 2 shots of Rye and stir. Garnish with an orange slice, and a cocktail cherry. Enjoy! 
 
8) Rye Whiskey and cheese pairing
Hard cheeses work well, especially the ones with the crunchy salt crystals that form with a bit of age. Try it with Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gouda, Gruyère, or even a creamy brie or Camembert (the bite from the Whiskey will counter the richness of the cheese).
 
9) Al Capone had a thing for Rye Whiskey, his favorite was Templeton Rye from Iowa.
 

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Member Reviews and Ratings of The 2nd Ryevolution
Andy
Andy,
Just better than average Ryes. There wasn't a standout though i was glad to taste the three to compare against each other. All approachable.
 
James
James,
Meh. Nothing special here. The Van Brunt tasted like paint thinner. Cooper Fox and Benders were pretty good.
 
Antti
Antti,
A very good selection of American Rye Whiskey!
 
Elliott
Elliott,
Loved it
 
Steven
Steven,
This was our first box, we tried tasting them to see if we could get the flavor spirals to match what we thought we tasted. All of them we got wrong and associated the spiral with the wrong sample. Though I did a set of scotch at a friends in the past and nailed them. I'm a scotch drinker and my wife is into bourbon and rye. All of them were interesting with the Van Brunt being our favorite. I don't think we would buy a bottle of any of them from this set. It seems to me that ryes can be that way though and have vastly different taste profiles, so liking a rye doesn't mean you will like other ryes. Not sorry we got the set, it's much better than getting full bottles of things we end up wishing we didn't purchase.
 
Andy
Andy,
The van brunt was a better than average rye. I’d drink that regularly. The copper fox tasted more like mescal, with a smoky aftertaste, and the benders was decent, but a little too sweet for my liking. 1 out of three were delicious.
 
Marc
Marc,
Would purchase 1 of 3. One left taste of chewing tobacco.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
The Van Brunt was smooth with a pleasant back end but the Cooper Fox or the Bender’s isn’t something I would try again.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Three very different flavor profiles
 
Joseph
Joseph,
The Van Brundt was delicious. The Copper Fox was decent, but the Bender's was not very good at all. Had an odd flavor and smell.
 
Steve
Steve,
I didn’t like these. Wasn’t even sure I was drinking rye.
 
Justin
Justin,
Definitely a great intro to Rye Whiskey! Highly recommended! My favorite was the Van Brunt
 
Corey
Corey,
The Van Brundt was good. Other than that not a huge fan.
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Very different than any eyes I’ve had. Neither I nor my spouse enjoyed these choices.
 
Cory
Cory,
This is a good box, if for no other reason than the Van Brundt, which is absolutely delightful. The other two are very oaky, especially the Copper Fox. Almost has a moldy woodpile flavor. Not a fan.
 
Michelina
Michelina,
Great selections! Interesting and fun experience.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Good mix of ryes.
 
Troy
Troy,
Didn’t excite me. Lots of aftertastes. Glad I tried it.
 
John
John,
All samples in this tasting box are mediocre at best, though one was more palatable than the others. The tasting notes are most helpful and accurate in identifying the flavors of each sample.
 
Matt
Matt,
Good selection of medium quality ryes with very different treatments (young and light, smokey and fruity, and more traditional oaky and spicy). Good intro to rye in general but likely not the best for a current rye drinker.
 
Braden
Braden,
Not worth the time. Two are almost undrinkable.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Other than the Van Brunt, this was just average ryes. Happy to drink them, but would only buy Can Brunt.
 
Brian
Brian,
Not too impressed with the selections even though I love most Rye Whiskeys.
 
Lacey
Lacey,
Didn’t care for two out of the three ryes, but the experience was interesting. Love the tasting notes in the flavor spiral.
 
Pat
Pat,
I did not care for these, not smooth and had too much bite!
 
Peyton
Peyton,
this set was only OK ! Benders was the Best in this set for me
 
James
James,
Great tasting sample of Ryes. Shows a nice range of what ryes taste like. Like the fruity nose and flavors of the Stillhouse. Love the nose of the Copper Fox and the Sherry after taste. Bender’s is a bit too spicy for me.
 
Amy
Amy,
Great tasting box! Really demonstrates how much range there is in rye.
 
Mark
Mark,
Great variety and delicious. Spicy but full bodied flavor.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
I love rye but something about these particular samples doesnt do it for me. I havent tried the benders yet (soon to be tasted) but the CopperFox and Van Brunt didnt do it for me.
 
D
D,
I was not a fan, but I am new to Rye Whiskey my preference is Bourbon so they were all a very different taster for me.
 
Darryl
Darryl,
Amazing!!!!
 
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