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The 14 Best Rye Whiskeys Under $50 Ranked [2021]

Dec 29, 2020

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by Matty Sims

The 14 best rye whiskeys under $50 cover the spectrum of whiskeys on the market today from a Tennessee High Malt, farm to glass, MGPI’s classic 95 percent rye, and a 12-year-old rye. The under $50 category is truly diverse with something for everyone at a price just about any whiskey drinker can afford.

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#1 – Rare Breed Rye

Rare Breed Rye - Best Rye Whiskeys Under $50

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery
In the Bottle: 112.2 Proof
Address: 1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
MSRP: $50
Website: wildturkeybourbon.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Rare Breed Bourbon and Rare Breed Rye are flavor bombs.

#2 – New Riff Rye

New Riff Rye

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: New Riff Distilling
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 24 Distillery Way, Newport, KY 41073
MSRP: $40
Website: newriffdistilling.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: New Riff is the rare distillery that sourced their whiskey then transferred over to their own distillate…and people loved it.

#3 – Wilderness Trail Rye Whiskey

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Wilderness Trail Distillery
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 4095 Lebanon Rd, Danville, KY 40422
MSRP: $50
Website: wildernesstraildistillery.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Wilderness Trail Rye is a cask strength whiskey (100 to 105 Proof!) made with a sweet mash — 56 percent rye, 33 percent corn, and 11 percent malted barley.

#4 – Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Rye

Russell's Reserve 6 Year Rye

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery
In the Bottle: 90 Proof
Address: 1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
MSRP: $45
Website: wildturkeybourbon.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Another Wild Turkey offering. Russell’s Rye is non-chill filtered and full of flavor.

#5 – Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye

Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: The Cooper Spirits Company
Sourced: Curated from distilleries across Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Alberta
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: Philadelphia, PA
MSRP: $42
Website: hochstadtersvattedrye.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye is a blend of straight ryes aged between 4 to 18 years.

#6 – Traverse City North Coast Rye

Traverse City North Coast Rye

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Traverse City Whiskey Co.
In the Bottle: 90 Proof
Address: 201 E 14th St, Traverse City, MI 49684
MSRP: $45
Website: tcwhiskey.com
Review: North Coast Rye Review
Notes: Floral rye lovers will nerd out over this North Coast Rye’s robust flavor profile.

#7 – Bulleit 95 12 Year Rye

Bulleit 95 Rye

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Bulleit Distilling Co.
In the Bottle: 95 Proof
Sourced: MGPI
Address: 3464 Benson Pike, Shelbyville, KY 40065
MSRP: $50
Website: bulleit.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: $50 for a 12-year-old rye whiskey is a steal. From an age perspective, nothing else on this list competes.

#8 – Rossville Union Rye

Rossville Union
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: MGPI
In the Bottle: 94 Proof
Address: Lawrenceburg, IN
MSRP: $39.99
Website: rossvilleunion.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: This is an MGP branded rye whiskey aged from 5 to 6 years.

#9 – Ragtime Bottled in Bond Rye

Ragtime Rye BiB
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: New York Distilling Co.
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 79 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
MSRP: $50
Website: nydistilling.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Ragtime Ryes not only meets the federal requirements for Bottled in Bond but also NY’s Empire Rye standards. It uses a mashbill of 75% rye, 13% corn and 12% malted barley.

#10 – Resurgens Rye

Resurgence Rye
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: ASW Distillery
Sourced: Add More Shit
In the Bottle: More
Address: Add More Shit
MSRP: $42
Website: aswdistillery.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Resurgens Rye is craft whiskey out of Atlata that uses a 100% malted rye mashbill. They also release a port finished Resurgens once a year. It won a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2018).

#11 – Balcones Rye Whiskey

Balcones TX Rye
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Balcones Distilling
In the Bottle: 100 Proof
Address: 225 S 11th St, Waco, TX 76701
MSRP: $40
Website: balconesdistilling.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Balcones Rye is made with a 100% Rye mashbill (inlcuding a Elbon Rye from Northwest Texas and crystal, chocolate and roasted rye).

#12 – Woodford Reserve Rye

Woodford Reserve Rye
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery
In the Bottle: 90.4 Proof
Address: 7855 McCracken Pike Versailles, KY
MSRP: $30
Website: woodfordreserve.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Woodford Reserve Rye won the Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2020). It favors an Maryland style rye recipe with 54 percent rye in its mashbill.

#13 – Chattanooga Whiskey 99 Rye

Chattanooga Whiskey 99 Rye
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Chattanooga Whiskey
In the Bottle: 99 Proof
Address: 1439 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
MSRP: $40
Website: chattanoogawhiskey.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: Chattanooga Rye Whiskey is a Tennessee High Malt and made from four grains, including three select specialty malts.

#14 – Woody Creek Colorado Rye

Woody Creek Rye
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Woody Creek Distillery
In the Bottle: 90 Proof
Address: 60 Sunset Drive, Basalt, Colorado 81621
MSRP: $39.99
Website: woodycreekdistillers.com
Review: Coming Soon
Notes: This is a farm to bottle rye from Colorado farmers to your glass. Its mashbill is 100% Colorado Rye using their custom CARL stills.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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