High West, out of Park City, Utah recently debuted another fine rye blend whiskey finished in port and French oak casks. For those of you interested in the technical details: the final product is a blend of a 6-year old straight rye whiskey: 95% rye and 5% barley malt and a 16-year old straight rye: 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt.
GSN has previously reviewed several other whiskies in the High West portfolio here.
A Midwinter Nights Dram (98.6 proof)
Visual: Ruby tinged copper.
Nose: Rich, enveloping port notes create a dessert-like nose that opens the curtain onto a spicy and thoughtful stage of prominent actors. Quite sultry and seductive.
Taste: A surprisingly fruity and cooking spice tinged entry reminiscent of ginger cake. Hefty and hearty without being overwhelming, this whiskey manages to be assertive and yet quite confident in its presence. There is a lot of dialogue going on between the spotlighted high notes and the more venerable low tonality. An interesting concept.
Finish: Medium long with a lot of the fruitier port notes taking curtain calls.
Overall: A contemplative whiskey that is best enjoyed on a cool evening. Quite remarkably memorable.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: High West