As we learned last week, rye whiskey can really carry a cocktail. It's bold, spicy and dry, and those characteristics provide a firm foundation on which to build a complex flavor profile. Sweet and citrus fruits nicely soften its sharp edges, while bitter and herbal ingredients can help pick out and amplify many of rye's deeper-seated elements, like notes of pepper and baking spice.
But not all rye whiskeys are created equal...even if several mainstream brands taste suspiciously similar. Which rye is right for you?