Where did the term “Yippee Ki-Yay” come from? Is it a real expression of joy popular with cowboys in the 19th century Western United States? Is it part of the greatest one liner in movie history? Was it influenced by the phrase ‘Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay’ from the 1936 hit song “I’m an Old Cow Hand from the Rio Grande” about a 20th-century cowboy who has little in common with cow punchers of old and sung by Bing Crosby in the film “Rhythm on the Range” (also sung later by Roy Rogers and Frank Sinatra) and considered one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time? We’re not sure. What we do know is that Yippee Ki-Yay is a blend of Utah’s High West Distillery Double Rye whiskies that have been aged in both Vya vermouth and Qupé Santa Maria syrah barrels.
High West Yippee Ki-Yay Whiskey (92 proof)
Visual: Reddish orange tea.
Nose: Spiced fruitcake. The wine notes add a grapey character to the spicy rye.
Taste: Quite unusual and yet it works. The sweet, fruity character tempers the bread-like rye base and makes it more of a cocktail on its own. I am reminded of a Manhattan that has a wintery flair.
Finish: Fairly long, with a lot of the wine character playing out longer than the rye itself.
Overall: An experiment that works. The more I have, the more I’m convinced. If making a whiskey based punch, this one will shine.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: High West