High West Rendezvous Rye
Intro: From High West Distillers - Rendezvous Rye is our flagship whiskey. Almost every other straight rye whiskey you can buy today is barely legal, with 51-53% rye in the mash bill. Not Rendezvous Rye. It honors the way rye whiskey used to be made, with a high rye content and full, uncompromised flavor. With Rendezvous Rye, you get a taste of authentic rye whiskey. We hope you enjoy it.
Review: Alright so, this has been one I have been wanting to try. I love the Midwinters Night Dram, and not knowing until recently that it is this rye, finished in port barrels, I am excited to see how the base model runs. The color is a medium honey, not where near the color of the dram. The nose…that familiar smell of a rye is present, which is not like a bourbon, it’s more like a cleaning product, not in the offensive way but its not a sweet or sour, it’s rye. Anyway, it is just like the dram without the port… The first sip…remember when you are taking your first sip to coat the inside of your mouth with the…holy shit…this is A-MAZING! High West has it’s shit together with mixing and blending…no one compares. I got nearly the same flavor profile as the dram, except no port sweetness…the rye is sweeter to me by itself and I LOVE it! Second sip…back to what i was saying about coating your mouth with the first sip, it will numb the palette so the next sips wont have as many pain receptors…again, this is nectar and just amazing! WOW! Third sip…still, amazing, and just gets better. The profile is sweet, not nutty or offensive in anyway, its not hot or peppery, just the perfect amount of heat all over and then warm into the chest. The rye is still lingering on the tongue as I sit here and watch the Cowboys play shit football! …no now Seattle is playing shit football…awesome playoffs! Forth sip…holding on tongue, no heat at all…just amazing…exhaling…slight sting in the back of the throat but wow, the flavors are just so good.
Is it worth the $?
I paid…$65…I think at the exchange. I will say that this is the right price for this product. It’s not a daily drinker, its a drink to have with your best of friends or at the holidays. It’s another amazing offering from the best distillery outside of Kentucky!