Like bourbon, rye whiskey has experienced a major increase in popularity over the past few years. It’s likely that this popularity is due to the resurgence of classic cocktails, since many of the original recipes call for rye whiskey.
Under federal law, rye whiskey is made from at least 51% rye, whereas bourbon must be made from 51% corn. It can be more difficult to produce—once ground and cooked, rye gets sticky and can clog stills. But when it’s done right, the resulting whiskey is a gorgeously spicy spirit with hints of vanilla and a stout, peppery backbone. Full story