American Whiskey - Rye

High West Double Rye Straight Rye Whiskey

From: Utah, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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West Double Rye whiskey is named for the two different rye whiskeys that are blended into this expression. The first is a "feisty" 2 year aged rye while the second is a "saddle smooth" 16 year aged rye. They specify that the 2 year is almost a complete rye base (95% rye to 5% barley) while the 16 year is "barely legal" as a rye (53% rye to 37% corn). They blend the 16yr in to "calm the bite" of the rye.

They recommend serving the Double Rye in a Manhattan cocktail or sipping alone.

In our own tastingof High West Double Rye, we called it a truly outstanding example of rye whiskey. Our best accolade is an inspired setting for drinking a Sazerac cocktail made from the Double Rye:

"I see myself drinking this in the setting sun in Key West... no, I take that back. I'm drinking this in the swamp. It's evening. The cicadas are chirping. I'm on the sloop. And it's hot as hell. And I have this ice cold drink. And I'm watching the girls on the balcony across the street. I take a sip. I see that they're also noticing me and we smile coyly at each other."

In their 2011 review, the Beverage Testing Institute described the High West Double Rye as "Fascinating."

High West Distillery is proud of both its small status and its western roots. It is currently restoring a 100 year-old livery stable as its future home and the horseshoes in the logo are meant to honor that tradition. In Utah, they are at an altitude of 7,000 feet in the Rockies. They hope that by enjoying their product the consumer is celebrating their "gumption" at bringing spirits back to Utah.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 7 ratings and 7 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (125) (2016-09-06)
I found this to be very respectable! Enjoyed as a sipper with a splash of water and made a good Manhattan as well. I didn’t get the overwhelming spiciness other reviewers have noted. However, you can definitely identify this as a rye as it differentiates itself from bourbon – notes of mint, dusty cocoa and subtle cinnamon spice. Pricier than both Rittenhouse and Knob Creek and not quite as “in-your-face”…but a very solid whiskey nonetheless. Excited to try the Double Rye next!
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skorpitarius skorpitarius (16) (2016-06-08)
i suppose they got me partly due to the old fashioned cowboy-in-a-saloon bubbly glass bottle but the blend of the younger Indiana rye and the older Barton rye works even if it's a little rougher than I prefer . there is a serious up-front cinnamon tidal wave(think fireball candy) on first taste that washes out into the vanilla caramel cooperage of the older rye. i found it to be nice to sip with a little water or 1 or 2 small ice cubes but also discovered that it makes a superb boulevardier(cocktail) or when combined with sweet vermouth which I did , several times until I finished the bottle . definetly stands out nicely in a cocktail with that taste profile. i will be buying more and hope to try the Rendezvous Rye, as well, eventually (almost twice the cost as this one.)
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Review Comments
Phizbin (2016-06-09):
I love this rye too... and I think part of it is the bottle. Of all the kooky bottles out there on the market, there's something about the High West bottle that stands out and just appeals to me. It feels good to pour and drink out of. Authentic somehow. I feel you!

Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-04-19)
The store's description in the ad read "The spiciest whiskey we have in the store" so naturally I had to have a bottle. It was on sale too for 31.99, so lucky me I guess! I haven't had anything like it so far. On the nose there's a unique piney, citrusy note among the subtle maltiness. The note reminds me of the Cascade hops used in making beer. That pine and citrus is also present on the palate, but it takes a backseat to a huge, spicy, peppery note that punches you in the mouth. There's a tiny bit of sweetness in there, but it's firmly in the distant background. On the finish that big spice and pepper lingers for at least a minute after swallowing. This whiskey is just awesome, manly stuff. I think my chest hair grew an additional quarter inch just in the time it took to have that dram and write this review.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-04-06)
Full rye on the flavor profile and has a very nice rye spice/kick to it. If you're a rye lover, you'll want to give this a taste.
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degbert degbert (147) (2013-10-07)
Very dry and spicy nose. Sweet up front, but then dries out on the mid-palate; there's a lot of heat, both on the tongue and on the finish, and it leaves a lovely line of lava right down the esophagus. You could mix it if you'd like, but I'd rather just drink it straight, sit on the porch, and shoot at prairie dogs.
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Quetzal Quetzal (91) (2013-07-07)
(4 out of 5). I love the ABV (46) and the fact that it's not chill-filtered. Perfect! If left alone, the nose is strongly bourbon with slight rye, yet with mint and tea leaves in the background. When opened up with a bit of cold water, some gin botanicals come through. Interesting. On the palate it's very creamy, thanks to the lack of chill filtering. The only complaint I can make against this excellent whiskey is that it tastes more like an excellent bourbon than an excellent rye. Guess I'll have to invest in High West's Rendezvous Rye, with it's higher rye percentage.. Double rye is $32 in my area.
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (48) (2012-02-07)
I had high hopes for High West. To quote the label, “Marriage of two straight rye whiskies that combines the feisty properties of a high rye 2-year-old and the saddle smooth richness of a 16-year-old.” Sounds wonderful, right? Unfortunately, ideas that seem wonderful in prospect often fail of that promise in retrospect. So it is with High West Double Rye. This whiskey, despite its marketing-driven prose, seems more like a bourbon (or corn-based) spirit than a rye. It has a nose and flavor of vanilla and caramel, rather than the spice and subtle fire of a good rye. High West isn’t a bad whisky, and shouldn’t be spurned if the occasion presents itself. But there are better bottles to be had, and better experiences to be savored. For the complete review, and more like it, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.
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