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Black Maple Hill, 23-Year Rye
95-proof, $140, fourseasonswine.com
Rich, buttery aromas lead into fruity, toasty flavors with a dry, peppery kick that keeps on giving. This is a beautifully nuanced rye that reveals new layers with every sip.
92-proof, $200, caskstore.com
Those familiar with Hirsch whiskeys know each one is a rare treat, and this 25-year-old rye is no different with grainy aromas that are at once sweet and musky with dry and woodsy flavors of spicy grains, maple syrup and vanilla. This 25-year-old rye is just entering distribution, so check for it in the coming weeks at Caskstore.com.
90-proof, $80, caskstore.com
Tangy upfront with aromas of dry sherry and black tea, this bottling from Sazerac offers rich flavors of molasses, grain and dried fruits. The extended barrel aging asserts itself on the finish with dry, woody tannins and just a hint of vanilla and sweet cream.
Thomas H. Handy
126.9-proof, $80, drinkupny.com
Bottled at barrel strength, this rough and tumble rye is not for the faint of heart. Cereal and sherry-like aromas meet an earthy creaminess on the palate and assertive spice and tannins on the finish. This edgy rye packs a punch, but it still manages to be smooth and balanced, making it a treat for sipping.
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
95.6-proof, $70, caskstore.com
The ever-so refined Van Winkle rye gracefully unfolds with layers of vanilla, cocoa, cherry and a generous helping of spice that pulls you in sip after sip.