High West A Midwinter Nights Dram Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Named as a take off of Shakespeare's famous play, High West's blend of straight ryes sources whiskeys from MGP, however as of 2018 (the 6th Act), High West's own distillate is included. The mash bill of the two components is 95% rye / 5% barley (MGP), with an 80% rye / 20% malted rye mash bill from High West. The age of the whiskeys is said to be 4-7 years old, which is medium by rye standards. At the time of writing, we're onto the 8th edition. As this is a seasonal release (different 'vintages' are stated as different acts on the front label), batches will be subject to change without notice (the scene number just refers to different bottling days). The ryes are first aged in new, charred American oak, then blended and finished in French oak and ex-port barrels. Bottled at 49.3% and non chill filtered, the producers describe the flavour profile as being reminiscent of Christmas pudding.
Other reviews... The robust spicy rye notes are still present in the glass, but as it sits, red fruit tempers that just a bit. As you taste, the spicy rye comes again to the forefront along with vanilla and more red fruit. The finish is warm and spice filled with hints of chocolate and fresh whipped cream with a dash of white pepper. 92 points - distiller.com
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[Sixth edition reviewed]... A nose of gingerbread, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon melds with fragrant cedar chest, leather, and oak. The palate offers sweet blackberry, chocolate, raisins, and dried plums, along with toasted oak and tobacco, leading to a spicy finale. A beautiful balancing act and a wonderfully indulgent treat.
90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: David Fleming (Spring 2019)