The High West Double Rye is a daily drinker. A versatile rye that delivers on smooth drinkable rye and robust flavor that doesn’t leave you looking for more. It’s full of body and the only thing(s) better than the Double Rye are the High West Rendezvous Rye and it’s older brothers the Rocky Mountain 16 & 21.
Besides having a warm and inviting flavor it also smells great. It smells like a rye whiskey ought to smell. Just giving it a deep sniff makes you feel like you’re alive and in a wonderful place. It smells like the whiskey soaked table in an old saloon. As for character the bottle + label design + flavor makes it look, taste, and feel like it just came off of the set of an old western and is looking to get rowdy.
Double rye gets it’s name from it being a blend of two different ryes. The first one being a 2 year old rye with 95% rye 5% barley malt (same as Bulleit rye) and the second one being a 16 year old rye with 53% rye and 37% corn. One thing to note is that High West is a relatively new distillery and doesn’t have their own whiskey yet so they get whiskey from places like Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (LDI), who is basically a distillery for hire and who makes Bulleit Rye at the moment, and then blend the whiskeys themselves. Though some of their products have Four Roses bourbon in them so it’s not all LDI.
Overall I really love this whiskey and would say it’s a bit like drinking America. Complicated, but enjoyable. It’s completely worth having this guy in your house, especially if you’re looking to have a nice rye that you plan on sharing. If you’re getting a nice bottle of rye for yourself or as a gift then I would suggest you take the next step up and grab a bottle of his big brother the Rendezvous Rye.
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High West Double Rye Review
Distiller: LDI (Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana) – Blended by High West
Dark brown caramel
The smell is strangely acrid at first. Burns the nostrils just a smidge. However right after that come wonderful notes of maple and candied cherries. A bit of iodine and a hint of pine round out it’s cologne.
On the surface it has all of the usual caramel and “rye spice” notes, but once you get it to open up and tell you more about itself you find that it’s quite down to earth, even earthy one might say. It has some leather in there and a touch of tobacco letting you know that deep down it’s a country boy. Though before leaving the party he leaves a wonderful bit of burnt toffee for everyone to enjoy.
Warm, inviting and a little oily. While it is mostly a smooth sip, it does have a bit of a kick to it letting you now that he may be a gentleman, he ain’t no dandy.
This one has a nice long finish full of rye, wood, caramel and a hint of tobacco.