A step up from the Double Rye, the High West Rendezvous Rye is one hell of a ride. An artful blend of young LDI and old Barton rye whiskeys blended together in a way that beautifully displays the unique properties of each. From the old rye you get the warm, rounded, sweet and woody notes and from the young one you get the more assertive rye spice and dill. The best of both worlds with maturity tempering the youthful grainy bite; youth adding lively spice to the mellowed maturity.
At this point in the game there is no use even attempting to deny that High West is exceptionally good at what they do. Their skill in sourcing and blending whiskey from other distilleries to make something new, unique and all their own is unmatched. Quite often while a distillery is waiting for their own whiskey to age they will just sell “moonshine” (un-aged / white whiskey) or vodka (both of which High West does). Sometimes they even just outright slap a label on someone else’s whiskey and call it a day (which HW also does). However, it’s rare to see folks taking time to actually source and then blend such great stuff like this and even rarer for them to be as transparent about where it coms from as High West is.
High West Rendezvous Rye Review
Distiller: LDI & Barton
Bottler: High West
Blend and mashbill: LDI straight 6 yr rye whiskey (95% rye & 5% barley malt) and Barton straight 16 yr rye whiskey (80% rye, 10% corn & 10% barley malt)
Rye spice! Big rolling waves of rye spice accompanied by notes of butterscotch, dill and caramel. Hints of vanilla, strawberry heavy dark fruit and a sliver of wood ride the waves.
Rye, caramel and dill come rolling out of the glass and combine with some dark fruit leather, wood and citrus to create a wonderfully coating flavor. Pepper and new leather come in at the end with a hint of raw grains and a mild astringent underpinning.
Rye rules the aftertaste with oak finally making a big showing and bringing some citrus and pepper along with it on a long slow fade to an ambiguous sweetness.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Well balanced for the most part with a round and full body. It runs a bit hot but it’s not distracting.
High West Rendezvous Rye is another amazing whiskey from the Wasatch Mountain lads I truly enjoy. I love how the rounded, almost bourbon like, sweetness and soft wooden character of the older rye mixes and balances so well with the sharp assertive qualities of the young rye; weaving a bit of a bite through the more refined and complex dessert and spice notes. Artfully crafted, they were able to balance the strengths of each to create something truly tasty and unique.
High West Rendezvous Rye
- Nose - 93
- Palate - 92
- Finish - 90
- Balance, Body & Feel - 90
High West Rendezvous Rye Value
High West Rendezvous Rye is a fantastic value in the world of rye whiskey. This whiskey tastes better than rye's that cost 1.5 - 3x it's price and I can't recommend it enough.
High West Rendezvous Rye: Last Glass Update (03-24-14)
The High West Rendezvous Rye stayed completely pleasant throughout it’s entire journey towards empty. It did change a bit along that journey, but definitely not for the worse. Along the way some of the sweeter notes died out and more of the spicy earthy notes arose and took over some aspects of the whiskey, but they didn’t overwhelm or take over completely. It managed to retain a nice semblance of balance throughout and demonstrated a great range of flavors while keeping it together.