High West Double Rye

High West Double Rye

(0.75l, 46%)


7.8/10
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$31.99
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Young and Old from the Rockies.
 
High West distillery is a manufacturer and blender of spirits, located in Park City, Utah, hidden deep within the Rocky Mountains. Founded in 2007 by David Perkins, this petite distillery makes its spirits in small batches and is the first legally licensed distillery in Utah since the end of the American Prohibition. Most of their spirits are sourced and blended, although they do distil some of their spirits themselves. 
 
The Double Rye is made from the marriage of two straight Rye Whiskeys with very different compositions. One is a 2-year old fresh Whiskey with a high rye content, and the second is a 16-year old Whiskey with a lower rye content and higher corn percentage. The extra age and corn provides some extra sweetness to calm the "bite" of the younger rye for a relationship — an interesting combination that seems to work. 
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Blend of Straight Rye Whiskeys
  • Region
    Utah
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    High West Distillery
  • Age
    2 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

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botanicals
pine
cinnamon
rye
honey
mint
vanilla
corn
burnt
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Gold.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Gin botanicals, fresh spearmint, notes of pine and honey, also oaky and sweet.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor outperforms the aroma. Burnt sugars, rye sweetness, spicy, gin botanicals, mint, pine leaves, wonderful bitterness, cinnamon and vanilla. 
 
Finish
Fairly long, rye spiciness and honeyed sweetness.
 
Comment
The young and old combination makes for an unusual experience, which we liked. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Robert
Robert,
Great every day drinker
 
Greg
Greg,
Nose and palate reminded me of lemon tea with a bit of spice.
 
Alex
Alex,
The pine & botanical sell it! It’s a perfect fall geared rye. The cinnamon compliments the profile to all profiles to enjoy!
 
Brian
Brian,
This was the rye that got me into eyes very spicy and great for sweet cocktails like old fashioned
 
Matt
Matt,
This one has a bit more bite from the younger spirit than I expected. Although I usually enjoy rye this was a bit harsh for me. Spice was there, but the raw 'heat' overpowered most of the flavors for me. I had high expectations for this but found Sagamore Rye much smoother and more flavorful.
 
Robert
Robert,
One of the best Rye’s I have tasted to date
 
Andy
Andy,
I have discovered I am not a fan of rye neat but on the rocks this has a wonderful piney sweetness that I really enjoy. Nice for hot summer days.
 
Neil
Neil,
This is a good rye for the price if your looking for a change of pace. Starts crisp with good flavor. However, it has a weak finish compared to my favorites like Angel’s Envy and Whistlepig 10-year.
 
COLIN
COLIN,
Highly underrated rye imo, especially for the price. Fill, mint, spice. This one has it all.
 
John
John,
Very nice, enjoyable to the last drop
 
Tanner
Tanner,
Rough and tumble rye
 
John
John,
My first rye! Great flavors and spice. Lots of apple, cinnamon, and spice! This is the best value bottle I own.
 
Bryn
Bryn,
When i first tried this i couldn't get enough of the mouth feel - so creamy and delicious! It's one of my favorites and there is always a bottle on the shelf.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Spicy and sweet, smooth
 
Harrison
Harrison,
I first started really drinking Rye when I got into making Black Manhattans (I've never much cared for sweet vermouth). While I enjoy the flavor of Amaro Averna, I''ve ended up using less and less of it in my drinks to preserve the flavor of this Rye, which I also have enjoyed drinking neat. Frankly I agree with the Flavor Spiral in terms of the notes, but I'll add that the sweetness mentioned is very subdued, which makes it a very enjoyable drink for someone like me who stays away from sweeter whisk(e)ys.
 
Ira
Ira,
Shortly after the pour in a Norlan: nose of apricot, initial taste of apricot and cedar. Peppery burn that leads to a nice long finish that ends up tasting like prunes in the middle back of my tongue. I love High West's ryes. After letting it sit a bit, the prune and apricot nose and flavor really pop. Great stuff!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Really good rye, not overwhelmingly spicy, and good balance in a cocktail.
 
Greg
Greg,
A really tasty rye. Very nice straight
 
James
James,
it is simple and clean - mixes well - alone it is nice, vanilla with a little spice
 
Tyler
Tyler,
If you’re a rye fan you’ll love this. I’m not big on rye but this bottle really opened my eyes to it. Great stuff here.
 
Jason
Jason,
Smooth and approachable
 
Elliot
Elliot,
A bit spicy with no distinctive flavours
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Great for Manhattan’s!
 
Jason
Jason,
Sweet! Honey! Wow. For the price it’s tough to beat
 
guest
guest,
It is the most interesting and lower budget whiskeys you can buy.
 
guest
guest,
Really smooth
 
Judy
Judy,
love this
 
Rodney
Rodney,
Good stuff. It makes a good mild old fashion.
 
William
William,
Hmmm. Tasted this following a 200 dollar bottle from Kentucky Owl. I am killing my palate with really good whisky. Nose, palate and finish left me wanting more of the KO.
 
Jim
Jim,
Just did not like this. flavors were weird, maybe too spicey, but just not great to me.....
 
Glenn
Glenn,
This is unique. The botanical aroma and taste stays for the finish. It's an adventure to taste for the first time.
 
Corey
Corey,
Probably my favorite Rye. This competes favorably with bottles that trade at 2.5x its price point. Very complex flavor profile and pretty unique among Ryes, so not everyone will love it but this is my go-to for a daily pour.
 
Craig
Craig,
My favorite rye that I have tried so far. Great for sipping and mixing into a cocktail.
 
Travis
Travis,
Wow, this is not for the faint of heart. Strong notes of bread, herbs, and eucalyptus on the nose. Strong and aggressive notes oak, herbs, slight medical taste and a long hot rye finish on the pallet. great sipper for me on a night when I want to savor a glass or two.
 
Philip
Philip,
We tasted this and immediately thought it was unique, delicious, and a great value. The botanicals are pleasant and easy to pick up, it’s smooth and has a long minty finish. I’d pour this for any guest or be confident in giving it as a gift. It gets a 10 when factoring in value. Strong contender for our favorite bottle under $35.
 
Adam
Adam,
Great rye, especially for the price
 
Mike
Mike,
Solid rye... bites a bit took much as spice is very strong. Very complex.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Excellent! Really enjoyed this.
 
Jason
Jason,
This is my jam!
 
guest
guest,
Very spicy, makes for a great Old Fashioned. It’s more than I’d like to sip neat.
 
Jason
Jason,
Awesome!
 
Mark
Mark,
An easygoing sipper, one I turn to often after a long day because it provides pleasure but makes no demands. Milder and sweeter than most ryes, but still quite tasty and an excellent value.
 
Kenn
Kenn,
Enjoyed this. First rye whiskey I have tried.
 
James
James,
So much value for the price. Definitely a go to moving forward.
 
Beau
Beau,
I'm a fan of ryes, and heard good things about this one. I wasn't necessarily disappointed, but it was so-so to me, I like the Rendezvous Rye much more.
 
Francisco
Francisco,
So smooth and nice, long finish. I tastes more like $40-45, not $31.99, so it's definitely a great price!
 
Erik
Erik,
Up there with Old Forester 100proof Rye as the best budget ryes in the game.
 
William
William,
Spice, Botanicals, this is a great value and makes an amazing manhattan
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Trying to get into rye whiskey, this was not a great place to start. Maybe as i explore more i'll learn to appreciate it. It's very spicy with a dry aftertaste i can't put my finger on. Gains a moderate sweetness with a little water
 
Forrest
Forrest,
Such a good rye for this price. My new go-to.
 
Linda
Linda,
I really enjoyed this rye on its own and in an old-fashioned. It has a nice spicy finish which compliments the zesty orange peel in an old-fashioned very well. I would have given it more stars, but it can give you that nagging alcohol headache. Overall, it's a nice sip.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Yummy and warm.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Almost as great as their Prairie bourbon. Definitely a floral nose and a rather quick bite. The flavors go quickly but still pleasant. Good on a cool night and a good book or show.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Enjoyed the Spice
 
Liz
Liz,
Did not like this one. Very harsh finish. I’ll want to mix this one with something like ginger ale to finish it. Very spicy.
 
Shannon
Shannon,
My go-to rye with a good level of spice.
 
guest
guest,
High West Double Rye a solid whiskey which makes me want to sit out in Montana over a campfire while holding an 870. Nose-not extremely complex a tad bland to be honest very subtle notes of dark fruits and syrup Palate-The palate truly makes up for the nose Westward Ho! A lot of leather/earthy notes with a mild tobacco and rye spice hint definitely a great blend. Finish-Medium Long more notes of rye spice. Overall a great rye a tad bit sweet and lacking on the nose: 8.4/10
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Spicy yet smooth it’s an upper shelf old-fashioned rye for me and better than Michter’s, Sazerac, Old Forester and almost as good as Whistle Pig Piggyback Rye.
 
David
David,
Nice rye whiskey for sure, but not within my flavor wheelhouse.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Decent, but to me it’s too sweet. I like Ryes that have a nice spicy taste though, so it might work if you prefer sweet.
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Perfect for cocktails
 
Matt
Matt,
High West rarely misses, and everything about Double Rye is a win - taste, cost, and compliance with cocktails. This is one of my favorite bases for an Old Fashioned. It's a satisfying sipper too...nothing too crazy or complex, but for the money it's an outstanding rye from one of my favorite distilleries.
 
Matt
Matt,
Nice spices and tang mix with modest sweetness for a good sipping rye.
 
Laura
Laura,
Excellent! Smooth, balanced, a little smoky a little sweet. New favorite.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Decent for the price, but would just keep on hand as a stock bottle.
 
Dmitriy
Dmitriy,
Harsh cheap flavor.
 
Austin
Austin,
You like rye? You like whiskey? This is the most rye whiskey blend I have ever tried and I love the kick! High West makes a variety of great blends of whiskey and bourbons but this is one of my favorites.
 
guest
guest,
I’m rating this whisky so highly because the price point is great for such an amazing flavor and body n of this blend for the the price point!
 
Bart
Bart,
Fantastic flavour, very smooth, can enjoy this one on a very regular basis.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Batch reviewed is 19H06. Color is a basic amber. Nose has a faint oiliness, with notes of mild ethanol, faint evergreen, and subtle rye spice. First sip is pleasantly spicy, with a blend of classic rye spice, baking spice, and a very mild baseline sweetness. Mouthfeel is full, very slightly oily. Finish is a little short, with a continuation of the backing spices. Additional sips reveal subtle notes of the evergreen/juniper. Good, but doesn't really stand above other MGP-including products.
 
Michael
Michael,
Did not personally enjoy the taste, I gave the bottle to a friend who did enjoy it. I experienced to much spice/clover for my liking.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Love the flavor and smooth finish!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Great. Very sweet.
 
Kent
Kent,
Just didn’t work for me. The flavors just Seem all wrong. With so many other great Ryes out there I probably won’t buy again.
 
Ben
Ben,
This is an incredible whiskey. The idea that marrying the youthful vigor and spice punch of a two year rye with the finesse and complexity of a 16 year old rye to somehow acquire the the best of both worlds seems like a fools errand. Except they nailed it. Upfront the palate is swarmed with spice and power and fruit, but then, there is an incredible turn toward vanilla and delicate barrel spice with an astonishingly long, complex, and satisfying finish. Also, this is $30. This drinks at three times that price.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
One of the best ryes for the money, nice and easy drinker.
 
Sam
Sam,
Good stuff got a unique taste that I kinda gotta be in the mood for.
 
guest
guest,
A great Rye to drink when you’re relaxing with friends. Great burn.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Love the hint of mint and floral flavor. Very different from the typical spicy whiskey I normally drink. Refreshing and delicious
 
Liz
Liz,
Perfectly balanced sipper with a smooth finish despite a moderately spicy start
 
Dmitriy
Dmitriy,
Mediocre rye. Nothing offensive. Nothing impressive.
 
Jaime
Jaime,
Love this stuff
 
Jon
Jon,
High west does a great job. I have not had an offering of theirs I disliked. you really should have a few bottles of theirs especially considering their excellent prices
 
Michael
Michael,
Not bad. Will drink again.
 
Dante
Dante,
A distinct profile that starts off with a slightly sweet and woody hit and ends with a more traditional rye flavor.
 
John
John,
Wonderful rye - complex, rich, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Excellent every day rye, great for Sazeracs!
Lane
Lane,
Yes this is my daily go to
Johnathan
Johnathan,
A fine rye on a budget!
 
Justin
Justin,
Good rye for the price. I haven't tried the more expensive expressions from High West because you can get this Rye and their Prairie Bourbon for around $30. Hard to justify spending $70 on the others when these are so good.
Lane
Lane,
So true. The others are better but not for double the price
Ian
Ian,
the best rye i’ve ever had - nice, smooth, and spicy but not too dry as a lot of ryes i’ve run across can be
 
Frank
Frank,
Great stuff. Spicy but with a thick, rich flavor like it’s more expensive brothers from HW.
 
Christina
Christina,
An outstanding bourbon. Really unique flavor that is unlike anything else I've had. Sweet, smooth, plenty of rye, but it's just better than any other rye I've had.
 
John
John,
Not my favorite, will not buy again when there are so many good ones out there.
 
Frankie
Frankie,
Perfect winter warmer. Citrus and fruit with a backside of earth.
 
Johanna
Johanna,
I'm leaving room for something better, but I haven't found it yet. Yum. Smooth and flavorful
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Strong, Smooth, Aromatic, and Tasty
 
Michael
Michael,
Pretty good, if you enjoy rye whiskey. It is basically a whiskey for people who enjoy rye whiskey. It has a nice burn and a deep rye taste.
 
Sneh
Sneh,
Not bad
 
Kevin
Kevin,
This is the best rye whiskey I’ve had the pleasure of tasting.
 
Rodger
Rodger,
I received a bottle for my 50th birthday. This is a very pleasant drink. I have found the spice is very strong and long lasting.
 
Allen
Allen,
An excellent, tasty whiskey with character and a lot going on for a rye. Sits strong in the mouth, has a nice chewy, spicy flavor and the right kind of rye burn. Really fun to drink.
 
Chris
Chris,
Nice flavorful Rye! Loved the caramel and spice. I'll buy this one again.
 
Ro
Ro,
High west is one of my favorites, and of their regularly available line of whiskey this is probably my favorite.
 
Justin
Justin,
My go to rye for the price
 
Jim
Jim,
one of the best that we drink on a regular basis
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Great rye for the price
 
Thaine
Thaine,
The best rye you can get for your money.
 
Norman
Norman,
Love it.
 
Omar
Omar,
I like this one a lot, again, new to the tasting, just kind of know what I do and do not like. It has a sweet finish and is quite strong but I do like it. I work in retail and this is a new product in one of liquor stores, so I gave it a go and was not disappointed.
 
David
David,
Great for Sazeracs
 
Michael
Michael,
Very good.
 
Matt
Matt,
Yesssssssss!!!!!!
 
guest
guest,
Great Rye for the price!
 
Eric
Eric,
Sublime.
 
Douglas
Douglas,
High quality whisky for a very reasonable price. My new go to daily!
 
guest
guest,
Il top
 
guest
guest,
Spicy wonder punchy example of a well done mgpi rye.
 
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