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The 18 Best Rye Whiskeys Under $100 Ranked [2021]

Last updated Jan 13, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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The best rye whiskeys under $100 is where it gets interesting. But it’s also where we run into some phenomenal rye whiskeys that are allocated.

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#1 – Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye

Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Michter’s Distillery
In the Bottle: 107 to 112 Proof
Address: 801 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
MSRP: $75
Website: michters.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: This barrel strength rye was once found on the shelves far and wide and now requires hunting and some luck.

#2 – Peerless Rye Whiskey

Peerless Rye Whiskey
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Peerless Distillery
In the Bottle: Varies
Address: 120 N 10th St, Louisville, KY 40202
MSRP: $89.99
Website: kentuckypeerless.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Peerless does two things I love which makes their rye delicious. They have a low entry proof at 107, and they use a sweet mash process. The sweet spot for me is their three-year rye. It punches way out of its class.

#3 – E.H. Taylor Straight Rye

E.H. Taylor Straight Rye

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
MSRP: $79.99
Website: buffalotrace.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey uses Buffalo Trace’s only rye mashbill and is bottled in bond.

#4 – Rossville Union Straight Rye Barrel Proof

Rossville Union Straight Rye Barrel Proof
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: MGPI
In the Bottle: 112.6 Proof
Address: Lawrenceburg, IN
MSRP: $70
Website: rossvilleunion.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Rossville Union Distillery was originally founded in 1847, and the brand was resurrected by MGPI in 2018.

#5 – Dad’s Hat Unfiltered Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey

Dad’s Hat Unfiltered Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC
In the Bottle: Around 120 Proof
Address: 925 Canal Street, Building #4, Door 16 Bristol, PA 19007
MSRP: $69.99
Website: dadshatrye.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: They are distilling classic Pennsylvania Rye spirits and are restoring PA’s proud history making rye whiskey.

#6 – Old Overholt 11 Year

Old Overholt 11 Year

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: James B. Beam Distillery
In the Bottle: 92.6 Proof
Address: 568 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
MSRP: $75
Website: beamsuntory.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: This bottle is a non-chill filtered, one and done limited release offered Fall 2020.

#7 – Pikesville Straight Rye

Pikesville Straight Rye

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
In the Bottle: 110 Proof
Address: 1701 W Breckinridge St, Louisville, KY 40210
MSRP: $50
Website: pikesvillerye.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Pikesville is a historic Maryland style rye whiskey brand formerly distilled by L. Winand & Brothers Distillery that’s now being made by Heaven Hill in Kentucky since 1982.

#8 – Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Michter’s Distillery
In the Bottle: 110 Proof
Address: 801 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
MSRP: $85
Website: michters.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye is a limited release that sees time in a second toasted barrel to add character to their already delicious rye whiskey.

#9 – WhistlePig 10 Rye Whiskey

Whistlepig 10 Rye Whiskey

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: WhistlePig Distillery
Sourced: Formerly, MGPI and Alberta Distillers, now exclusively Alberta Distillers
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 2139 Quiet Valley Rd, Shoreham, VT 05770
MSRP: $89.99
Website: whistlepigwhiskey.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: WhistlePig 10 was the first high-end rye that knocked my socks off. Here’s a quick pro tip — the summer of 2020 saw several “10 year” single barrel picks north of 15 years.

#10 – Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye

Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: James B. Beam Distillery
In the Bottle: 119.6 proof
Address: 568 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
MSRP: $64.99
Website: knobcreek.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye was a limited release offered in 2018. It won the “Best Rye Whiskey” at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

#11 – Traverse City Barrel Proof Rye

Traverse City Barrel Proof Rye

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Traverse City Whiskey Co.
In the Bottle: Up to 120 Proof
Address: 201 E 14th St, Traverse City, MI 49684
MSRP: $90
Website: tcwhiskey.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Traverse City Barrel Proof Rye is bold and a unique product of Michigan.

#12 – Blaum Bros Rye

Blaum Bros Rye

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Blaum Bros. Distillery
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 9380 US Hwy 20 W, Galena, IL 61036
MSRP: $50
Website: blaumbros.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Blaum Bros. first offered their Knotter Rye which was a playful pun I loved and was sourced from MGPI. This rye whiskey is their own distillate, and it’s delicious.

#13 – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye

Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Rye

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jack Daniel’s Distillery
In the Bottle: 130.6 Proof
Address: 280 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352
MSRP: $65
Website: jackdaniels.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: JD Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye is a 2020 limited-edition single barrel in its Heritage Barrel Release series.

#14 – Catoctin Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye

Catoctin Rabble Rouser Rye

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Catoctin Creek Distillery
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 120 W Main St. Purcellville, VA 20132
MSRP: $99.99
Website: catoctincreekdistilling.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye is a Pennsylvania style 100 percent rye mashbill and is aged for four years.

#15 – Masterson’s Rye Whiskey 10 Year

Masterson’s Rye Whiskey 10 Year

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Deutsch Famly Wine & Spirits
In the Bottle: 90 Proof
Address: 201 Tresser Blvd., Suite 500 Stamford, CT
MSRP: $69.99
Website: mastersonsrye.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Masteron’s is a Pennsylvania style rye with a 100 percent rye mashbill using rye grown in the Pacific Northwest.

#16 – High West Rendezvous Rye

High West Rendezvous Rye

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery:High West Distillery
Sourced: Partially from MGPI
In the Bottle: 92 Proof
Address: Old Lincoln Hwy. Wanship, UT 27649
MSRP: $55
Website: highwest.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Rendezvous Rye is a blend of older Straight Rye whiskeys ranging in age from 4 to 7 years. 80 percent of the blend is from MGPI’s 95 percent rye and 5 percent barley malt and 20 percent from High West Distillery’s malted rye mash.

#17 – Chicken Cock Straight Rye

Chicken Cock Straight Rye
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Chicken Cock Whiskey
Sourced: Bardstown Bourbon Company
In the Bottle: 90 Proof
Address: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $69.99
Website: chickencockwhiskey.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Chicken Cock Whiskey was formerly sourced from MGPI but is now 100 percent distilled, aged, and barreled in Kentucky.

#18 – Old Elk Straight Rye

Old Elk Rye Whiskey

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Old Elk Distillery
Sourced: MGPI
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 253 Linden St Fort Collins, CO 80524
MSRP: $90
Website: oldelk.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Old Elk uses the signature Lawrenceburg 95% rye and 5% malted barley mashbill.

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