High West Rocky Mountain Rye 21 Year


High West // (bottled in) Utah, USA


community rating

4 out of 5 stars
( 79 )

You have to give it to the folks at High West; conventional they are not, at least with regards to their whiskeys. First of all, take this 21 year whiskey. In Scotland, that age on a whisky is no big deal; here in the States, a rarity. Second, it is aged in used and not new barrels, so it isn't a "rye whiskey" but rather a whiskey distilled from rye; a technicality. This is near extinct so if you spy a bottle in a bar or retail shop, our advice is: buy buy buy.

  • age
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Rye
    Mash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
  • Cask Type
    used American Oak barrels

Tasting Notes

"Imagine if you will, Little Red Riding Hood taking a wrong turn into a biker bar with her basket full of goodies. Cinnamon sugar cookies mingled with leather and tobacco might be strange to envision, but it is an accurate description of the whiskey. Vanilla and wood spices emerge, and as you sip, there's a momentary sweetness on your tongue. Dark rye grain and red apple skins linger on your palate. My, what big flavors you have! All the better to drink you up!"

Score 93

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