Review #229 – High West Rendezvous Rye Ex-Bourbon Barrel Finish
Whiskey Network Review #229 | /r/Bourbon Review #129 – High West Rendezvous Rye Ex-Bourbon Barrel (Vine and Table), 104.8pf
Nose: Maple, brown sugar, clove. There’s some nice honeyed vanilla. Little bit of dill. I like where this is going.
Taste: Dill surges in, then some clove, mint, vanilla and cream. There is a bit of molasses but not as much as their unfinished rye and I’m living the complexity here between rye spice and “smoother” bourbon stereotypical characteristics.
Finish: Some heat but pleasantly warm. Lots more dill with some metallic minty notes coming forward. Lots more brown sugar here with the vanilla taking a backseat. It’s kind of an evolutionary dram – not in the sense that it’s revolutionary or transcendent but that it’s changing all the time.
Overall: I’m kind of a rye junkie and this one strikes a pleasant chord with me. The proof does great things to the body of the dram and the finish really helps round the runaway MGP dilliness into a nice, tame beast. It is undoubtedly still MGP rye though, don’t get me wrong, but the finish makes it very pleasant and complex. I’m giving this dram a spot in Rank 7 – same as regular Rendezvous Rye but it’s a unique take on it that I enjoy greatly. There’s some great horizontal growth here, which I imagine helps make High West’s rye more accessible palate wise to a greater audience.
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