High West Double Rye Whiskey (750ml)
A blend of two straight whiskeys: a very young 2 year old high rye content whiskey and a 16 year old rye whiskey with a lower rye content. Perhaps the spiciest American whiskey I have ever tasted, yet at the same time, quite tame and mellow. Complex notes of mint, clove, cinnamon, licorice root, pine nuts, and dark chocolate, with a surprising dose of gin botanicals throughout. A soft underbelly of caramel, sweet corn, and soothing vanilla provides an interesting counterpoint. Very easy-drinking, too (hard to believe it’s 46%). Intriguing, and a must-try for rye whiskey aficionados — even if only to satisfy your curiosity.
This blend of straight rye whiskeys has a light amber hue and a scent redolent of brown sugar and baked apple, plus a fleeting sarsaparilla note. Most of the allspice and oak flavor comes through on the long finish. At 92 proof, this rye feels relatively hot; mix into Sazeracs and other cocktails. (KN)
David Perkins is at it again with a new batch of whiskey created from two very different ryes--a 16 year old combined with a 2 year old. The result is a charming conjunction of youthful spice with the wood-polished flavor of maturity--cinnamon, mint, chocolate and pepper all swimming together. For the price, it's one heckuva deal. Great for sipping on its own or for fancy rye cocktails. A real winner. 92 points Beverage Tasting Institute: "Light amber color. Exotic aromas of wintermint, sweet pickle, pistachio praline, anise, and pink peppercorns with a rich, chewy fruity-yet-dry full body and a gentle finish suggesting mint green tea and five spice. Fascinating."