Rye has made a comeback, and whiskey lovers are discovering (and rediscovering) how delicious it is. Here are 8 essential bottles to try.
Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye—91 points, $125
Rye is a perfect niche for craft whiskey distillers, as it often drinks well at a younger age than many bourbons. A revival product for a once-prominent distillery that closed due to Prohibition, this youthful rye makes a splashy entrance. A fruity, tropical nose leads into a bold and peppery palate. The high proof—53.7% ABV—means it’s a tad hot, but a splash of water softens that and unlocks baking spices and anise on the finish. Whisky Advocate’s blind tasting panel ranked this rye number 15 in the 2017 Top 20 Whiskies of the Year.