Rye whiskey was America’s first indigenous whiskey style, but over the years, its popularity faded away. Until now. Rye whiskeys are back and are once again a hot topic in the whiskey market.
The use of rye adds a bold, spicy flavoring to the whiskey rather than the pure sweetness of a bourbon. In order to call a whiskey an American rye whiskey, it must be made with a mash containing no less than 51% rye. Since rye is not only expensive but also hard to use, many distillers use the minimum amount required…but not Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Rye is made with a mash that is 65% rye and aged for 6 years, giving it a complexity that is hard to come by.From the looks of it, Russell’s Reserve Rye is like any other whiskey with its coppery amber coloring. However, the taste sets it apart from the rest. Right away, it is clear Wild Turkey places a huge emphasis on their rye as the first sip tastes remarkably similar to rye bread. This flavor is joined by that of vanilla, caramel, and oak with just a hint of spice. The finish is long as the taste of caramel, dill, and of course rye mix and slowly fade.
Try these recipes to best experience what Russell’s Reserve Rye has to offer:
RUSSELL’S RESERVE MANHATTAN
- 2 oz. Russell’s Reserve Rye
- 1 ¼ oz. Southern Comfort
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with three brandied cherries.
- 1 oz. Russell’s Reserve Rye Whiskey
- 1 oz. Amaro Nonino
- 1 oz. Lustau East India Solera Sherry
- 1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add large ice cubes and stir. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.
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