High West Rendezvous Rye Review

High West Rendezvous Rye Review

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)
ABV: 46%
Price: $48

Batch: 11
Bottle: 701

Dark amber

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.

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.

SCORE: 91/100

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.

User Rating: 2.2 (501 votes)

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.
FINAL VERDICT: Rendezvous Rye is a buy all day long. A fantastic rye indeed.
Josh Peters

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12 Responses to High West Rendezvous Rye Review

  1. I absolutely love RR. I can drink it every day and never tire of all the flavor. I’ve shared it with whiskey sceptics and never once have I failed to convert them to gushing enthusiasts. It’s just great stuff.

    I do like the other High West brands, but only the Son of Bourye or maybe a Campfire really get close to Rendezvous, in my opinion of course!

  2. How does this compare to the Pikesville Rye? Im thinking of picking up a higher end Rye (for me), that is a step above Rittenhouse, and not sure to go with this, or Pikesville.

    • They’re different, but both are excellent. If you’re looking to go up a notch from Rittenhouse I’d go with whichever one is cheaper around you because I enjoy both of them a ton. Cheers!

  3. 1. I am not a rye drinker.
    2. I am a stickler for classic drinks being made the classic way (a martini is always made with gin!)

    So, a Sazerac should be made with Sazerac Rye. But……..Rendezvous Rye is my go to when making this classic cocktail. While I do not use High West receipt for their version of the Sazarac. I still follow The Original Sazerac Receipt with the exception of High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey. I may actually become a rye drinker after all.

    Enough said.

  4. The bottle I got is Batch No 13I 01,
    I like this Rye whiskey a lot.
    However, I got somewhat “bitter” tastes on the finish.
    Is this “bitter” feeling what you described as “a hint of raw grains and a mild astringent underpinning”? Or is “astringent” tastes very similar to bitter ?

    • Hey Sean,

      Astringent is quite bitter so I’d say those are the same. Raw grains are more earthy and a touch sweet (think about chewing on barley or wheat grains). Hope that helps.


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