American Whiskey - Rye

High West Distillery Rendezvous Blended Rye Whiskey

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

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Rendezvous Rye whiskey is the first product from High West Distillery and is meant to "commemorate the first recorded whiskey-fest" in the West. High West actually imports two separate rye whiskeys from the east: one a high proof 6yr rye (95% rye and 5% barley) and the other a lower-proof 16yr rye (80% rye, 10% corn, and 10% malted barley). They use a non-chill filtering process (similar to some scotches) that results in a slightly more cloudy appearance but more flavorful according to High West. They recommend making with a classic Sazerac or Manhattan cocktail.

In their 2010 review of Rendezvous Rye, Wine Enthusiasts noted it as "strong but intriguing" and suggested "a touch of fruit or sweetness would go well with this rye."

Here at Proof66, we had our own chance to try Rendezvous Rye and could find no fault whatsoever finally announcing it's "every bit the rye whiskey that demonstrates the breadth and versatility of the class. It has just enough blending of other grains to ratchet back the blazing arid dryness of pure ryes and just high enough in proof to be mixable. It’s an outstanding example of the genre."

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.
Gammonator Gammonator (17) (2016-01-10)
Top Rye Whisky pick, will need to compare to Whistle Pig and Sazerac
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Ruby Ruby (3) (2015-07-17)
Color: Dark orange, almost chocolate Nose: what is that nose? pickle juice, fennel, pickling spices! Palate: vegetal, green, sweet, spicy, ferny forest but not peaty, light white pepper, chewy, complex, but subtle, not overly hot or sweet. Finish: medium warm I'll admit, this is the weirdest nose on a Rye I've ever experienced. But let the scent of pickling spices and fennel throw you off. It's still an interesting and complex dram with a sweet ferny foresty feel without harking to Scotland. It's chewy, complex and subtle with a medium warm finish.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-05-18)
Minty rye spice definitely takes center stage in this one. Rye dryness and oak linger on the tongue long after swallowing too. Sweetness is there, but it's subtle. Very good stuff. Not "smooth" in that it doesn't disappear the moment it's swallowed so if you're one of those types of drinkers (Gentleman Jack fans) this isn't your bottle.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-04-06)
Definitely agree with Quetzal - this is an excellent sipper. The flavor profile is incredibly well balanced and the rye notes are noticeable, but are more subtle. Very well done.
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Quetzal Quetzal (91) (2014-01-23)
(4.5 out of 5). A great whiskey.. almost makes me proud to be from Utah. More mature than High West's Double Rye whiskey, though lower on the rye punch. This whiskey has typical rye spice notes, though they are a bit toned down, which is all right as it allows vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit to come through. A whiskey that is both sweet and salty, and an all around excellent sipper. Definitely one of the best from the consistently good High West line. Costs $50 where I live, though I live less than thirty minutes from the distillery, so it may be more expensive elsewhere.
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decostrj decostrj (11) (2013-06-29)
Difficult to find but worth a purchase if you come across it. Spicy w/fruit hints. Brief finish with a classic rye dryness.
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bearmark bearmark (22) (2012-07-15)
This is fantastic rye with a nice oak aged finish. I was drinking Willett Straight Rye (4 year) previously and really liked it. This is significantly better with the same bold rye spice at a lower proof, but the aging really adds some complexity to the nose and palate that make this one much more enjoyable.
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