Double Rye!MADE BY HIGH WEST DISTILLERY IN PARK CITY, UTAH
High West's Double Rye whiskey is a great choice for any generation (over 21, please). After achieving great success with the art of blending, the distillery has doubled down on the mix of longer-aged and mellow with younger and spritely rye.
To be specific (and we know you like details!), this is a blend of 2-year-old rye whiskey made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley, with a 16-year-old containing 53% rye, 37% corn and 10% malted barley.
It’s very spicy with tons of black pepper right up front. While the older whiskey mellows things out, bringing soft undertones of caramel and vanilla, it’s the boldly assertive young whiskey that, unsurprisingly, steals the show.
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Blended whiskeys have gotten a bad rap, because some distillers use a small percentage of quality whiskey, then add neutral (a.k.a. colorless, tasteless, odorless) spirits and caramel coloring. But, when it's done well, blending allows a distiller like High West to produce a remarkably flavorful, complex whiskey at a much more affordable price. Yes, please!