Top 20 Rye Whiskey Brands to Drink

In the United States, rye whiskey must be, by law, made from a mash of at least 51 percent rye grains. Distillers use rye in whiskey for its characteristically spicy but fruity flavor.

glass of rye whiskey on an old oak barrel with bunch of rye

From the best rye whiskey, you should expect a flavor punch without as much sweetness as other varieties. A popular American spirit, you’ll find tons of rye whiskies on the market.

If you’re looking for the best rye whiskey, check out some of these top-notch options.


An American classic, rye whiskey has reemerged as a staple in the United States since the end of prohibition as it was before. Check out these options for our list of the best rye whiskey to keep stocked in your bar.

If we happened to miss your favorite spirit, let us know in the comment below! We might add it to our list if it’s a great option.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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