High West Rendezvous Rye
Added on Sunday, Aug 9, 2009 at 09:12 PM
  Bottler: High West
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: N/A
  Price: $48 Availability: Specialty Stores
Since High West doesn't have any mature whiskey ready to bottle yet, they're currently sourcing it from a other distilleries.  So it's not quite Utah whiskey... yet, at least.  Rendezvous is a vatting of a of a 6-year 95% rye distilled by LDI in Indiana and a 16-year 80% rye distilled by the Barton/Tom Moore Distillery in Kentucky.
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Awww yeah!  Flowery, potpourri.
P: A very clean and relatively dry rye.   Good spice, one dimensional but perfect in that note.
F: Long with the floral aspects lingering.
[Batch 28] 
I'll cut to the chase: this is an excellent rye. I think part of the reason I like it so much is because the flavor isn't overwhelmed with spices (I was shocked to later discover the very high rye content -- it doesn't taste like that to me).  The rye is noticeable enough to be a "rye" without being overwhelmingly so, and the whiskey is sweet and full. Honeyed and nutty. What I really like is how rich the palate is, it's almost like a cask-strength richness and mouthfeel... without being cask-strength.  Spice shows the most in the finish.  Very drinkable and very good stuff! 
Amazing cask-strength flavor without the 50%+ ABV.  Absolutely incredible, and one of the best bargains out there now for the whisk(e)y aficionado.  If you even like rye a little, you'll love this.   
The nose is rye spice with rose petals.  The palate is a full on rye attack, and a buttery mouthfeel with just a bit of underlying sweetness.  You can really feel that these are high rye content mash bills.  I have had several batches and they have all been excellent.    A/A- 
I think I mistook this for a bourbon when tasted blind.  I realy didn't recognize this as what I know as a Rye.  Very nice woodsy flavors and less spice that usually smacks me when I try a rye. 
Nice mellow rye notes with bits of wax paper and honey.   

n: Mostly oats


p:  Fingernail polisher remover and rubbing alcohol.  Strangely drinkable.  My tongue says no, but by then I just keep on sipping.


(batch 6)



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