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High West Double Rye

This was the first of three whiskies we sampled at the High West tasting held at Reserve 101 in April 2012.  This a blend of an aged rye (16 years) and a young rye (2 years) - hence the name.  The nose has grain alcohol (acetone) that I often get with younger spirit (the 2 year old I suspect in this case) but also some lemon, peach and floral notes.  It did remind me a little of a air freshener.... like a Lemon Peach Glade.  The taste is sharp at first, it has some bite, then some lemon zest, floral notes and perhaps a slight varnish note. The finish lingers, and has a little lemon again and some spice.  This expression is intended for cocktails and that makes some sense with kick it can deliver in a mixed drink.  There are better ryes to sip and enjoy neat.

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  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Rye
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No

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