Ezra Brooks 99 Rye Review

First there was Ezra Brooks 99 Bourbon. Now, there is Ezra Brooks 99 Rye. So how is this new, reasonably priced rye from Lux Row Distillers? Read on to find out!

Ezra Brooks 99
Straight Rye Whiskey
99 Proof
Charcoal Mellowed
Age: 2 Years
Lux Row Distillers
Distilled in Indiana
MSRP: $24.99

Please enjoy our Ezra Brooks 99 Rye review by Ray Marcano!

Buy it? Yes. A very nice rye with a nice spice kick, and you can’t beat the price.


In January 2021, Ezra Brooks launched its 99-proof bourbon that quickly became a hit, including in my household. The sweetness, char, and spice make this a go-to drink, and at about $25, it won’t hurt the wallet. That release was so successful LuxRow Distillers decided to release a 99-proof rye.

Mash Bill

Rye: 51%
Corn: 45%
Malted Barley: 4%

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Tasting Notes – Ezra Brooks 99 Rye Review

Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn glass
👉Nose: Peppermint, light rye bread, honey
👉Taste: Vanilla, pepper, honey
👉Finish: Pepper, allspice, honey, cherry

Ezra Brooks 99 Rye Bottle - Review
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As readers of my reviews know, I’m not a big rye fan because the ones I’ve tasted always seem to be over-the-top with spice. Not this one. It’s surprisingly mild for a rye, and if I didn’t know the mash bill ahead of time, I would guess this was a bourbon. The light rye on the nose gets masked by peppermint and honey. The light flavors on the tongue quickly get overshadowed by a medium to long finish that kicks the rye properties into high gear.

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Conclusion – Ezra Brooks 99 Straight Rye Whiskey Review

Bourbon lovers often complain, and rightly, about rising bourbon prices. So when you find a gem like this, grab as much as you can. It will make a terrific Manhattan or Old Fashioned, but it’s good enough to drink neat or on the rocks. I see this as something that will go well on a cool fall evening when you need a little bit of heat to cut the chill.

Have you tried the Ezra Brooks 99 Straight Rye Whiskey? What do you think?

We hope you have enjoyed our Ezra Brooks 99 Rye review by Ray Marcano! Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe hereNow that you’ve read about the rye, why not read about the bourbon in our Ezra Brooks 99 Proof Bourbon Review? Or, read about a 12 year old bourbon from Lux Row in our Lux Row 12 Year Double Barrel Bourbon Review!

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