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Ezra Brooks Rye Whiskey Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett2 Comments


This rye whiskey offers slightly sweet and oaky tones with a warm, spicy finish – making it perfect for crafting classic cocktails or enjoying on the rocks.Ezra Brooks

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye Whiskey


  • DISTILLER: Distilled and aged by MGP, but bottled by Ezra Brooks (Luxco)
  • MASH BILL: 51% Rye | 45% Corn | 4% Malted Barley
  • AGE: 2 Years
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 90 (45% ABV)
  • MSRP: $18.99 to $21.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Binny’s
NOSE: Vanilla  |  Green Apple (bordering on Juicy Fruit gum)  |  Spices

TASTE: Juicy Fruit  |  Oak  |  Vanilla  | Hint of Mint

FINISH: Lingering green apple with a mix of oak and spice with a medium fade. Repeated sips seem to get more tannic

SHARE WITH: Rye fans who enjoy seeing how different bottlings of rye whiskey with similar mash bills can deliver different aroma and flavor profiles. Cocktails will also enjoy trying it in their favorite whiskey cocktail.

WORTH THE PRICE: $20 a bottle is extremely budget friendly, and the juice is easily worth the investment.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Grab yourself a bottle and give a try. I wouldn’t drink this neat very often, but at $20 a bottle, you won’t feel bad about mixing it or adding to your favorite cocktail.

OVERALL: A simple yet tasty whiskey. It’s one of the lightest whiskeys we’ve tried this year, but its fruit overtones make it interesting enough to finish a glass without any hesitation. However, its lack of depth will keep it from my regular rotation of whiskeys that I enjoy drinking neat. It is far better as a mild cocktail rye that’s friendly on the budget.

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Disclaimer: Luxco provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.

  • Avatar Jim says:

    If you go to the Ezra Brooks website it says this whiskey is 51% rye, not 95% as you state. Someone’s got it wrong.

    • Thanks for pointing it out. I checked our original communications with the brand and it appears something was mistakenly given to us. Oops. I’ve updated the review to reflect what’s on their current website. Thanks again and cheers!