Try Rye: Why Not?
Posted On: July 7, 2016
Seems you can’t look at any spirits-focused website or online publication lately without reading something about the supposed single malt Scotch shortage. The solution? Try rye. There is more rye on shelves than ever before, and the quality keeps getting better. This spirit–which ruled before Prohibition–is spicy, interesting and perfect for both sipping and mixing.
By Kara Newman
Lately, whiskey lovers have been inundated with headlines about dwindling supplies of bourbon and single malt Scotch. Don’t panic: there’s more—and better—rye whiskey available than ever before.
Rye whiskey is clearly enjoying a comeback. Since 2009, sales of rye whiskey have soared more than 500 percent, reaching over a half-million cases in 2014, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). Annual retail sales total about $300 million. Much of that has been driven by bartenders embracing the spirit—which is essentially, any whiskey made with at least 51% rye—for adding sizzle and spice to cocktails.
Luckily, there’s also been a surge in rye supply to meet that demand. Read the entire article on Wine Enthusiast.