The Best Rye Whiskeys by Price and Value Right Now!

Written by Mark Pringle |

What are the best rye whiskeys to drink in 2022? Well, that depends on how much you want to spend. So, I have compiled a list of some of the best rye whiskeys by price and value. What is the best rye under $30? What are the best ryes under $60? What are the best ryes under $100? Let's see the best rye whiskey brands to drink right now.

Best Rye Whiskeys by Price and Value

Rye Whiskeys Under $30

Old Forester Rye

Old Forester Rye

With a retail price of around $24.99, Old Forester Rye Whisky might be the best rye whiskey value on the market. Brown-Forman says that with this rye whiskey, spice awakens immediately, leading with sharp black pepper and cinnamon stick, rounding out with notes of dried dill and baked apple. It is almost embarrassing that Old Forester produces a rye at this price point that is better than most ryes double this price.

$30 to $60 Rye Whiskeys

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Barrel Proof

Coming in just below the $60 threshold at an MSRP of $59.99 is Wild Trukey Rare Breed Rye. Once this wonderful rye opens up, watch out. It has an aroma of caramel, green apple, and vanilla. Its palate features caramel and fruit. The finish is smooth and balances out the palate with spice and dried fruit.

Wilderness Trail Rye

Wilderness Trail Rye

Wildernesses Trail Rye is one of the best pure rye whiskey on this list, and it comes in at a retail price of $54.99. "Pure rye whiskey" means that it is a rye drinker's rye. It probably has the most robust rye taste of any whiskey on this list while being superbly drinkable neat. We find this strong rye taste interesting since Wilderness Trail states that their rye mash bill is one they created for a broader balance of flavor to offset the typical high ryes commonly found.

Pinhook Vertical Series Rye 5 year, Tiz Rye Time

Coming in at a modest price of $49.99, Tiz Rye Time drinks well above its price point. The distiller describes it as a rye brimming with aromas of butterscotch, cardamom, dates, and grapefruit, leading to a rich palate of dark caramel, licorice, gingerbread, and black pepper. It is also wonderfully oily and rich.

$60 to $100 Rye Whiskeys

Stellum Black Rye

Stellum Black Rye

Retailing at $89.99, Stellum Black Rye is a delectable rye and one of my favorites at this price point. Stellum describes the palate as buttery and rich with chocolate mint, star anise, and sesame flavors, leaving a finish of fresh dill and cracked black peppercorns. I might add that it is one of the creamiest rye whiskeys on the market.

Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Rye

Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Rye

Retailing at around $79.99, if you can find it, each barrel of Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Rye will have its unique tasting notes and various proofs. However, the Old Forester Distillery describes the tastes as full-bodied with a base of ripe orchard fruit, subtle cinnamon stick, dried dill, and hazelnut. This description does not do it justice. The batch and proof I have may be the best rye I've experienced in recent memory.


Of course, I have not tasted every rye whiskey under $100. However, of those I have tried, these are the cream of the crop at each price point. As I experience more rye whiskeys, I will update this list as needed.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
My External Website (External Website Opens in New Window)


Please Login to Comment
Card image cap Gary Rath - Nice a few new ones to try.. I am still trying to find a bottle of the Basil Haydens 10 Year Rye myself. Give Yellow Rose Rye a try I also enjoy Dickel Rye which is decent for the 25ish price range.

Card image cap
Provide Feedback

Would you mind giving us feedback? What do you like or dislike about the website? How can we make it better? What features would you like to see added?

Rye Whiskey and Rye Bourbon: Is there a Difference?

“Rye whiskey” and “rye bourbon” are terms that often confuse people who are new to the whiskey world. A common misperception is that the two terms are synonymous. While both ry...Read More

What is Blended Whiskey (Bourbon)? A Quick Reference Guide

A blended whiskey or bourbon is an artfully crafted result of mixing different types of whiskeys. Often, crafters experienced in the art of blending will mix different aged and/or different quality wh...Read More

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Review (First Pour)

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is a prototypical Wild Turkey profile when all is said and done.  The Nose Initially, there was a little bit of cherry, honey, and vanilla on the n...Read More