America's Signature Whiskey: Some craft distilleries, like Catoctin Creek in Virginia, are making a whiskey that's 100 percent rye to showcase the grain's spicy, peppery flavor.
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September 9, 2013 America is in the midst of a rye whiskey renaissance. Lovers of the spirit say it's spicier, edgier and less sweet than bourbons. But when scientists look at the flavor signatures of American whiskeys, what matters the most isn't always the grain in the bottle.
Templeton bottles, filled and almost corked.
December 26, 2012 Rye was all but pushed off the market by sweeter, corn-based bourbon after Prohibition, but it might be coming back, no illegal still required. Bartenders from coast to coast seem to prefer its intense flavor for their cocktail creations.
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