You probably know that rye and bourbon both fall under the category of “whiskey” (and if you didn’t know, now you do), but do you know the differences between the two?
Before we dive in, a quick refresher: Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from grain mashes of different varieties. Rye and bourbon are both defined by the specific types of grain used to make them, just as cognac and armagnac brandy are made from specific types of grapes. But that’s not the only thing that dictates whether a whiskey is a rye or a bourbon. Location and methodology come into play as well. Here, how to tell the difference between rye and bourbon, and what the two strong, brown spirits have in common.