High West 14 Year Light Whiskey
High West // Indiana (bottled in Utah), USA
This offering from High West is an unusual American whiskey in a number of ways. First, the mash bill is 100% corn, rather than being tempered with rye, wheat, or barley as is custom in most American whiskies. Second, during the distillation phase, the spirit is brought into the 80-95% ABV range, whereas most producers rarely break 80%. Lastly, the whiskey is aged in second-fill ex-bourbon casks, rather than new, charred American Oak. Master Distiller Brendan Coyle discovered 100 barrels of it at MGP, all of which were distilled between 1999-2001. Bottled at 46.2% ABV and sold only at the distillery.
Other WhiskeyA spirit distilled from a mash of grain(s) at less than 95% ABV, bottled at no less than 40% ABV. The product must have characteristics, taste, and aroma generally attributed to whiskey
Cask TypeSecond-fill Bourbon
"This spirit starts with dessert (custardy crème brulée with some spice and vanilla), and ends with a hearty main course (burnt ends of brisket lashed with a little sauce). In between there's woody vanilla and caramel that's been sprinkled with sea salt. It all makes for a pleasant if disjointed repast that won't challenge unprepared palates."