High West – A Midwinter Night’s Dram
Act 5 Scene 7
49,3% – 98.6 Proof
Blend of 5 to 19 years old
          95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP
          53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley malt from Barton Distillery
          80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt from Barton Distillery
Aged in, I guess, virgin casks, then finished in French Oak Port Casks.
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High West is a very special distillery. It actually doesn’t produce the spirits that get in the bottle. They buy aged spirits from suppliers, blend them, and when necessary, like in this case, finish them in special casks. It can seem odd and a bit dangerous, but they have gotten a name doing that and it has paid off…a lot !!!
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Color : reddish amber (this is the natural colour…nothing added, not even a nice Instagram filter).
Nose : a nose that announces quite what we will be entitled to: rye and Porto. It’s simple, it’s efficient, it makes the job. Light spices and rye bread, roasted nuts, maple, scents of fortified wine (hello Porto !!!! ), marzipan.
Palate : beautiful roundness in the mouth with lots of spices this time, marinated ginger, candied fruits, fresh cherries and cherry verrines with mascarpine. The mouth is much more complex than the nose, offering a beautiful evolution in power. Barely present alcohol.
Final : very short with flavours of spices and cooked ginger. Once past the spices, you feel the heat of the alcohol and red berries coming down slowly.
Comments : I waited a long time for this bottle, and my God I’m not disappointed. This whiskey offers a superb evolution from the nose to the mouth, then from the mouth to the finish ! A great twist on the world of Rye ! Now, I want all past editions and all future ones 🙂
High West - A Midwinter Night’s Dram - Act 5.Scene 7
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3 Responses

  1. Tamara

    It was interesting to learn from your post that they blend and sometimes finish them in this way. Facinating. Everything tastes more interesting with a bit of background and context…in my book. Thanks for your great tasting notes.

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    • Fantastic Nick

      Thank you 🙏🏻
      I really like tasting the whisky first, with minimal information about it, and then go and find all the intel ! It helps me keep the notes simple and not finding flavours that should exist but that I don’t really taste !

      Keep up the tasting Tamara 🙂

      Reply
  2. chris

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I never liked vodka&orange or vodka&cranberry while going out in the Montreal Clubs. I was always drinking whisky&ginger ale or whisky&coke. At some point, I just let go of the liquors and started drinking whisky neat... I hated the taste but damn was I a badass in front of my friends ! Eventually, I stopped being a douche and started enjoying finer drams. Today, I’m making it my mission to taste every whisky and to know everything there is to know about spirits, wine and beer !

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