Review #105. High West Yippie-Ki-Yay

Review #105 | /r/Bourbon Review #59 – High West Yippie-Ki-Yay

The Schtick: This is a rye product from High West in Park City, Utah that is finished in Vermouth and Syrah barrels.


Distiller: Various

Bottler: High West

ABV: 46% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Fruity, very vermouth forward with some spice and vanilla. Mild minty.

Taste: The vermouth immediately makes itself know. There’s mint, clove, dill and a good amount of what tastes like menthol minty finish. It’s odd. At first I was put off by it but it’s slowly becoming very pleasant. Good mouthfeel and not hot at all. Really syrupy and overpowering in the vermouth/syrah department, though.

Finish: Medium and spicy but in a good way. Not hot or astringent. Vermouth is still very much present. Lots of clove and some mild allspice in the finish as well.

Overall: I knew I was excited for this dram but I had zero expectation of what to really look forward to. It took some warming up to, but it’s a unique finish and not all together terrible. Expensive and hard to snag, sure, but oddly delicious when the mood is there.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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