- Double Rye! — the most excitable member of the High West family — is dedicated to the cowboy in all of us. An unusual shotgun marriage of two rye whiskies from two different distilleries back east, Double Rye! combines a feisty high rye 2-year-old and a saddle smooth 16-year-old. The younger rye has a mashbill with 95% rye/5% barley malt and the older has a more typical rye mashbill with 53% rye and 37% corn. We think the extra age and increased corn adds just enough caramel sweetness and woody vanilla richness to calm the "bite" of the younger rye for a relationship that works. The resulting combination is bold, balanced, complex, and perfect for mixing.
The nose has aromas of mint, clove, cinnamon, licorice root, pine nuts, and dark chocolate with a surprising dose of gin botanicals throughout. The taste has an immediate rye punch of prickly spices then gin, menthol, mint, eucalyptus, wildflower honey, and confectioner's sugar flavors abound.
Thanks to its balance of cinnamon, anise, and honey, High West Double Rye is great served neat, with a little water, or on the rocks. And its spirited flavor fortifies classic cocktails like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned. (from the distiller)