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High West Yippie-Ki-Yay

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    High West

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish showcases leather, tannic oak, black pepper, and cloves, with more tart berries and red fruits.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Fruit, nut, and spice flavors temper some of the wild herbaceousness of the palate: blueberry jam, peanuts, cinnamon, and dark chocolate.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Very wine forward with bold, dark fruits and peppery spices. The way the different flavors mingle and intertwine reminded me of a fruity, mixed drink. I feel like this High West Yippee Ki-Yay Whiskey would make a pretty tasty Manhattan.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: There's mint, clove, dill and a good amount of what tastes like menthol minty finish.
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  • Intro:

    This is a rye product from High West in Park City, Utah that is finished in Vermouth and Syrah barrels.

  • Nose:

    Fruity, very vermouth forward with some spice and vanilla. Mild minty.

  • Taste:

    The vermouth immediately makes itself know. Theres mint, clove, dill and a good amount of what tastes like menthol minty finish. Its odd. At first I was put off by it but its slowly becoming very pleasant. Good mouthfeel and not hot at all. Really syrupy and overpowering in the vermouth/syrah department, though.

  • Finish:

    Medium and spicy but in a good way. Not hot or astringent. Vermouth is still very much present. Lots of clove and some mild allspice in the finish as well.

  • Overall:

    I knew I was excited for this dram but I had zero expectation of what to really look forward to. It took some warming up to, but its a unique finish and not all together terrible. Expensive and hard to snag, sure, but oddly delicious when the mood is there.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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