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Current Rye Awards By Iowa Legendary Rye Beating Rye Whiskey Flavors across the United States.

2019 Proof Awards

  • Blue Label Vodka–Gold
  • Black Label–Gold
  • Purple Label—Gold
  • Red Label—Gold

2019 USA Spirits

  • White Label–Gold
  • Black Label–Silver
  • Blue label Vodka–Silver

2019 San Francisco World Spirits


2019 Denver International Spirits Competition

  • Purple Label—Silver


  • Black Label—Gold
  • Red Label—Silver

2018 Denver International Spirits Competition

  • Black Label—Gold
  • White Label–Gold
  • Blue Label Vodka–Silver

2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

  • Black Label–Silver
  • White Label–Gold & Best of Category

2017 North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition

  • Black Label–Double Gold

2017 Seattle International Spirits Awards

  • Black Label–Gold
  • White Label–Silver

2017 Cigar & Spirits Magazine Rating

  • Black Label–91
  • White Label–93

Historically Accurate Rye

Prohibition-Era Recipe

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100% All-Natural Straight Rye

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The World’s # 1 Rye Liquor. With over 90 years and Five Generations of rye spirit making in our blood.
We absolutely love our historically accurate small-batch recipe
and we are confident you will too.

Barrel Proof, Barrel Strength, Barrel Wood, and a Bit about Mash Bills for this fine Craft Spirit.

Sometimes confused as a Canadian Whisky or American Whiskey. Iowa Legendary Rye comes from the great state of Iowa, with its history dating back to prohibition in the Town of Templeton. This all-natural 100 Percent straight rye grain mash is created the old way some say, but we call it the right way.
You will not find any malted barley or corn mash in our rye mash only 100% rye will do with this complex product. Although harder to produce in large quantities; we wanted to bring back the true essence which is rye from a prohibition rye whiskey pot still to add an assortment of extra worldly flavors from the grain that can only come from producing it in small batches and aged in only new American oak barrels bringing you a wonderful smoky flavor with our charred oak barrels.
We carry an assortment of flavors for your palette and invite you to them all. From the rye grain to our prohibition style rye whiskey still to our hand bottling each and every bottle we do things the old way here.
But so far, the old way is and still will be the right way according to judges around the US  awarding our rye gold after gold after gold against our competition. When asked why not make a straight rye whiskey that carried that special black pepper taste in your rye mash with a little sweet corn whiskey. The answer was easy. Well, you would then be missing 49 Percent of great 100% straight rye if we did that.

Here is a quick fact with the Emphasis on Cocktails.

Just a quick note for all those cocktail lovers out there did you know that rye was the cornerstone and the cocktail recipe developer of the cocktail renaissance. This cocktail revival over the last few decades has seen rye re-enter the cocktail recipes of classic cocktails reemerge in recent cocktail trends.
Rye will remain as always as the true American Spirit and if you have not had the chance to try one of these delicate spirits we implore you to get your hands on a bottle of red and our unaged rye. These craft spirits although produced the same way leaving you with fruity notes and herbal notes. When the red is finished in two barrels for its Caramel notes leaves a decadent finish you will not find anywhere else.
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The mashing process is pretty similar when making these spirits but it's the secret ingredients or grains to sugar and yeast which set them all apart. 

While whiskey, scotch, bourbon, rye whiskey, and rye are similar in nature the (TTB) Tax and Trade Bureau sets them apart with governing rules and that over the years have turned into laws so there is no confusion on the consumers part.

These rules are as follows:

  • Whiskey - Spirits distilled from a fermented mash of grain at less than 95% alcohol by volume (190 proof) having the taste, aroma, and characteristics generally attributed to whisky and bottled at not less than 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).
  • Scotch - Un-blended whisky manufactured in Scotland in compliance with the laws of the United Kingdom.
  • Bourbon - Whisky produced in the U.S.. at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn and stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred
    new oak containers (barrels).
  • Rye Whiskey - Whisky produced at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent rye and stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers (barrels).
  • Rye or 100% Straight Rye - Rye whisky stored in charred
    new oak containers for 2 years or more· “Straight Rye Whisky” may include mixtures of two or more straight rye whiskies provided all of the whiskies
    are produced in the same state.

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You've been told of the rye whiskey difference between bourbon, scotch, and rye. It's important to understand this difference so you can make better choices when mixing your favorite drinks. Not only do they have different characteristics, but they also have different levels of alcohol in them. And each of these characteristics can greatly affect the way that your drink will turn out.


There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when comparing rye whiskey and Scotch whiskey. First, rye is the base spirit distilled from rye grains. The rye whiskey has a higher percentage of rye whiskey essence than does the scotch. The rye can be distilled a bit higher than the scotch to add a bit of rye to the whisker, which will make the rye more alcoholic than scotch.


Rye whisky, also known as rye whiskey, is traditionally much lower in alcohol content than scotch. This is because the rye tastes much better and is usually fermented at a cooler temperature. Because of this, rye whiskey will usually have lower alcohol content. Often you will find that the lower alcohol content is a good thing if you don't like a powerful taste in your cocktails.


Another key difference between rye whiskey and bourbon whiskey is the age of the rye. The rye is made significantly younger than the bourbon. rye whiskey is often best mixed with younger whiskies such as Scottish whiskey. The older the whiskey, the fuller it will taste. For some people, this is a great thing because the flavors are more fully expressed.


The final difference between bourbon and rye whiskey is the rye flavor. Rye whiskey usually has a berry or citrus aroma and rye tastes of plums or raisins. Rye is often served after it is produced and is not typically consumed straight but tastes great straight or neat. Rye can also be mixed with scotch and will then have a different flavor.


There are some notable exceptions to the rye whiskey to bourbon and scotch difference.  In Scotland, rye whiskey is also sometimes referred to as whiskey stones. This is because the rye grain also holds water, which is why it is often added to other drinks such as orange juice. You can even buy a small clear glass of white "moonshine" rye whiskey for your favorite cocktail as a replacement for vodka that tastes even better.


One last difference that remains between rye whiskey and scotch is that rye tends to be slightly sweeter than scotch. So if you drink rye when you are out on the town sweetening it up with a Manhattan, you'll find rye to be less dry than scotch. This is also why rye whiskey is often mixed with brandy such as rye whiskey and amaretto.


Hopefully, this little FAQ will help shed some light on the rye whiskey to Scotch difference. Rye whiskey is generally less dry, and therefore less smooth tasting than scotch. It is a sweet liqueur and can be an ideal mixer with other spirits. As with most things, though you will get what you pay for, so go easy on the rye.


Bourbon whiskey is one of the most popular types of whiskey. It is a traditional whiskey that is aged in oak barrels. There are many different brands and ages of whiskey produced from this variety. The rye in these is usually moister than the rye in scotch and therefore more flavor.


If you are looking for a good mixer then you might want to consider investing in rye than a rye whiskey or scotch blend. They are similar in taste, but rye usually has a little more kick to it and a flavor palette. I personally love rye, over rye whiskey and scotch, however, I'm not always comfortable mixing them. The rye makes the mix taste too clean and not quite the same as when it is mixed with scotch.


When it comes down to rye and scotch there really isn't a big difference between the two. Both are great choices when it comes to stocking up on liquor. Just be sure to do some research and find out what brands mix well together. Hopefully, I have answered your question, "What is the difference between rye, rye whiskey, bourbon, and scotch?

Rye is made by fermenting the "rye grain" with sugar, purified mineral water, and yeast to produce a mash bill. Once it has been set for a certain period of time it then is distilled in a column still or pot still.  then set in new charred oak barrels for an aging process of no less than two years.

Rye whiskey was historically the prevalent whiskey in the northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania and Maryland. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was the center of rye whiskey production in the late 1700s and early 1800s. By 1808, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania farmers were selling one-half barrel for each man, woman, and child in the country. By the 1880s, Joseph F. Sinnott's distillery, Moore and Sinnott, located in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, was the single largest producer of rye whiskey, with a capacity of 30,000 barrels a year.

Rye whiskey largely disappeared after Prohibition

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Without rye, you can't make a decent Old Fashioned, Sazerac, or Manhattan.

View our 81 different rye cocktails

This alcohol can also be served straight, neat, or on the rocks, or mixed with club soda or ginger ale ginger beer, or any liqueur you can think of. Being as unaged rye or moonshine tastes better than vodka and most rums for your mixed cocktail favorite.

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  1. Helps you lose weight
    Rye is widely regarded as the most effective grain for weight loss. Rye contains a form of fiber that makes you feel full faster than other grains. This solves one of the most common problems with diets: hunger. By reducing your hunger, you'll feel less compelled to eat more food, which means you'll consume fewer calories and lose more weight. Plus, whiskey is a low-calorie alcoholic beverage, so you can drink it even if you're on a diet.
  2. Helps Digestion
    The fibers described above not only help with weight loss but also help with digestion. The fiber dislodges blockages and relieves gas and discomfort associated with digestive problems. Allowing you to focus on the tasks at hand.
  3. Approved by Diabetics
    Because rye and whiskey do not include carbohydrates, they will not affect your blood sugar levels in the same way that wheat products can. As a result, whiskey is the most popular alcoholic beverage among diabetics. Regardless, you should consult your doctor before drinking.
  4. Cancer Risks are Reduced
    Whiskey includes ellagic acid, an antioxidant found in rye grains. This acid stops DNA from coming into contact with cancerous cells. The continuing research on the grain, which is revealing more and more good linkages to cancer prevention, has been highly encouraging to rye grain suppliers.
  5. Healthy Heart
    Including rye in your diet on a daily basis can benefit those with high blood pressure. The combination of fiber, vitamins, and minerals all help to decrease blood pressure. As a result, the risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots is lowered.

Iowa Legendary Rye is made using a pre-prohibition grandmother's bootlegging recipe from Templeton, Iowa. That is teamed with a prohibition-era style small pot still to give you the very best in authentic time period taste and full-flavored rye.

Our Rye recipe has won multiple awards in gold and best in class around the United States. Have not had an opportunity to grab a bottle yet give our red and unaged a try. The red makes for an excellent smooth sipper straight or on the rocks and our unaged rye is an excellent replacement for any vodka or rum cocktails you already have and are already your favorites.

By evaporating ethanol from a fermented alcoholic base liquid, distillation produces a spirit with a high ABV (sometimes called a wash). Due to the fact that ethanol boils at a lower temperature than water, it can be extracted as vapor while water remains liquid. The process will never produce pure ethanol, and the distillate will always contain some water and flavor- and aroma-enhancing compounds called congener.

During pot distillation, the wash heats in the main chamber to the point where boiling ethanol vapor rises to the still's head and exits through the lyne arm. The vapor then enters the cooling coil, where it condenses and flows into a collection vessel as a liquid.


Historically, distillers heated the pot directly with direct heat sources such as fire, but temperature-controlled steam is now a common alternative. The modern technique is advantageous because it eliminates the risk of burning the wash, which results in undesirable flavors. Nonetheless, some pot distillers continue to heat their vessels directly.


Column distillation is similar to a series of pot distillations occurring one on top of the other.


The heat source (steam) is contained within the still, running from the base through its numerous chambers and up to the still's top. Wash enters near the top of the column and sinks in a liquid state through the chambers. The ethanol rises back through the chambers as it heats and evaporates, condensing and re-evaporating at each stage.


Each chamber purifies the ethanol by removing impurities such as water and congener until it reaches the top of the still in an extremely pure state. The ethanol vapor then exits the system via a cooling condenser and into a collection vessel.



Continuous distillation enables column stills to produce significantly more than pot stills, which require cleaning after each batch. Column stills also produce a purer, cleaner distillate than pot stills, though pot stills yield a more flavorful spirit with a higher concentration of congener.


The ABV of spirits distilled in pots ranges between 60 and 80 percent (after multiple distillations), whereas spirits distilled in columns can reach 96 percent.



Pot stills are preferred for producing spirits such as single malt Scotch, Cognac, mezcal, Rhum, and Rye because they produce a more flavorful distillate. Column stills, on the other hand, are preferred for distilling neutral spirits such as gin and vodka and are also frequently used in the production of whiskey, bourbon, brandy, and white rum.