Originally Posted by wolfboy
Absolutely love the Four Roses single barrel. I prefer it neat. As someone else mentioned, I typically go rye for a cocktail (Manhattan for me).
I read somewhere that most of the cocktails that we now associate with bourbon were originally rye drinks. Rye is grown in the mid-Atlantic states -- Pennsylvania, NY, Maryland -- and for many years Northerners drank rye and Southerners drank bourbon.
With prohibition, rye went into decline. It's production on the East Coast was much more visible, whereas bourbon makers were hidden in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Confusing the matter is that Canadians use the word "rye" for their own blended whiskeys that may not actually contain any rye wheat. In the US it has to be 51% rye to be labelled as such.
I'm not a foodie about anything. I believe in finding something you like and sticking with it. Four Roses is my go-to.