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What is Straight Rye Whiskey?

What is Straight Rye Whiskey?

In addition to meeting the criteria for Rye Whiskey Straight Rye Whiskey must meet the following:

  • Minimum aging requirement of 2 years
  • If the whiskey is aged for less than four years, its age must be stated on the bottle
  • No colouring or flavouring may be added to any straight whiskey

Rye whiskey is a distilled spirit that meets the following criteria:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% Rye 
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 proof 80% ABV
  • Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof 62.5% ABV
  • Bottled at more than 80 proof / 40% ABV
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