High West Rendezvous Rye Ex-Bourbon Barrel Finish Review | Whiskey Raiders
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High West Rendezvous Rye Ex-Bourbon Barrel Finish

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    High West

  • ABV:

    52.4%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It's kind of an evolutionary dram - not in the sense that it's revolutionary or transcendent but that it's changing all the time.
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  • Nose:

    Maple, brown sugar, clove. Theres some nice honeyed vanilla. Little bit of dill. I like where this is going.

  • Taste:

    Dill surges in, then some clove, mint, vanilla and cream. There is a bit of molasses but not as much as their unfinished rye and I'm living the complexity here between rye spice and "smoother" bourbon stereotypical characteristics.

  • Finish:

    Some heat but pleasantly warm. Lots more dill with some metallic minty notes coming forward. Lots more brown sugar here with the vanilla taking a backseat. Its kind of an evolutionary dram - not in the sense that its revolutionary or transcendent but that its changing all the time.

  • Overall:

    I'm kind of a rye junkie and this one strikes a pleasant chord with me. The proof does great things to the body of the dram and the finish really helps round the runaway MGP dilliness into a nice, tame beast. It is undoubtedly still MGP rye though, don't get me wrong, but the finish makes it very pleasant and complex. I'm giving this dram a spot in Rank 7 - same as regular Rendezvous Rye but its a unique take on it that I enjoy greatly. There's some great horizontal growth here, which I imagine helps make High Wests rye more accessible palate wise to a greater audience.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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