Rye All the Confusion?

I recently had the most perplexing response from a well seasoned and knowledgeable bartender when I asked if he had any rye whisky. “I've got Canadian Club and Crown Royal,” he said, proudly displaying the bottles. Now, I've had this same interaction a few times over the years and had already looked into why in the world a bartender would call a Canadian whisky a rye. The short answer: he's Canadian.

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