High West Rendezvous Rye Review – Batch: 13F24

High West Rendezvous Rye Review - Batch 13F24

The first batch of High West Rendezvous Rye I reviewed was from batch 11 and is the bottle by which I compare all others when taking notes and reviewing HWRR. The batch 11 came from my days of living in Utah where we were drinking the good stuff from the first batches on, but those days are gone. The stocks of old rye available to Perkins and Co. are dwindling; you can taste it and smell it in these newer batches when compared to the older batches.

That’s not to say that these are terrible, far from it. The current High West releases are still quite good, they just aren’t on the same level as those earlier ones which had a noticeably greater quantity of the 16 year old rye in them – giving them a richer rounder quality. The change over the years has been gradual and I didn’t really notice it till I tasted this one next to the batch 11 before killing it and noticed just how different they are. The younger MGP rye is much more prevalent and hangs heavier than it did a few years ago, but like I said above, still a good whiskey.

High West Rendezvous Rye Info – Batch: 13F24

Region: Kentucky & Indiana, USA

Distiller: MGP & Barton
Bottler: High West
Mashbill: 6yr MGP (95% Rye, 5% Barley) + 16 yr Barton (80% Rye, 10% Corn, 0% Barley)
Cask: New American Oak (charred)
Age: 6 years
ABV: 47%

Batch: 13F24
Bottle: 733

Price: $55

High West Rendezvous Rye Review – Batch: 13F24

EYE
Medium caramel

NOSE
Big bold rye spice howls out of the glass followed by notes of red fruit – like cherries and strawberries. Notes of clove, pepper, caramel and leather lazily waft through while some astringency lounges in the background.

PALATE
Rye and cinnamon flood the palate followed by waves of caramel, vanilla, pepper, wood, leather, clove and mint. It’s a wonderful combination and even though it’s not as rich as the batch 11 it’s still very nice.

FINISH
Long slow fade of rye, leather, wood and caramel.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Perfectly balanced, remarkably smooth and round.

OVERALL
High West Rendezvous Rye – Batch: 13F24 is a good rye whiskey. It’s bold, powerful, spicy, flavorful and aromatic. It goes well in cocktails, drinks nicely neat, there just isn’t anything to not like about it really. This is still among my go-to rye whiskeys.

SCORE: 87/100

High West Rendezvous Rye Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 87
  • Palate - 87
  • Finish - 87
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 87

Value

Even though these more recent batches of High West Rendezvous Rye aren't quite as good as the older ones, like Batch 11, it’s still a good value for what you get.

High West Rendezvous Rye - 13F24 label

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6 Responses to High West Rendezvous Rye Review – Batch: 13F24

  1. Sorry to hear your take on this. Getting fed up with this general trend of diminishing quality in products across the board. Have sampled three or four bottles of HWRR in the last few years and found it to be about right for the price. Who is offering a similarly priced rye that is full (round) flavored with a long finish?

    • Not very many man. I really like Twelve Five Rye, but it’s not quite as round since it’s younger than the HWRR. Right now I’d still say HW has one of the top ryes in the market because the inclusion of the 16 yr rye in it gives it a richness and a roundness that other young ryes lack. The problem for HW is that they bought a ton of that old Barton rye they’ve been using, but since so much of it got sold off there isn’t a ton of it sitting around any more so stocks are running low. I think we’ll get back to that old recipe of more old rye eventually… we just have to wait for the stocks of younger stuff to age.

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