High West “Bourye”–a blend of straight rye and bourbon whiskeys!September 28th, 2009
David Perkins at the High West Distillery in Park City, Utah is at it again. He got his hands on some 12 year old straight rye whiskey (95% rye) and 10 year old straight bourbon whiskey (15% rye) and blended them together to make one whiskey. He’s calling it “Bourye” (combining the words “bourbon” and “rye”, in case you didn’t get that). It’s being bottled at 46%.
As you can see, the front label shows a picture of a jackalope. Here’s what the back label says:
The jackalope, also called an antelabbit, is an antlered species of
rabbit, a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope with horns
on the top of their head. It is rumored that pockets of jackalope
populations continue to persist in the American West, its native
home. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their
campfi res to sing at night, jackalopes would frequently be heard
singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. When chased,
the jackalope will use its vocal abilities to elude capture. For instance,
when chased by people it will call out phrases such as, “There he
goes, over there,” in order to throw pursuers off its track. Legend
suggests the best way to catch a jackalope is to lure it with whiskey,
as they have a particular fondness for this drink. Once intoxicated,
the animal becomes slower and easier to hunt.
That’s why High West created Bourye, our proprietary blend of
Bourbon and Rye, both favorites of real cowboys and sure to attract
even the most fi nicky of jackalopes. The bourbon is a 10-year-old
with a 75% corn, 15% rye, 10% barley malt mashbill. The rye is
a straight 12-year-old 95% rye, 5% barley malt mashbill. Its best
enjoyed around a campfi re while looking at the Milky Way.
Important! Jackalopes will attack if cornered or provoked. To
avoid injury, quickly fall to the ground, remain calm and still,
while humming the Roy Rogers song, “Happy Trails to You.”
Proprietor and Distiller
He’s sending me a review sample. I’ll let you know my thoughts when I taste it. If you want to know more about price and availability, reach out to David directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
So, this got me thinking. Has anyone ever blended a fully matured straight rye whiskey with a straight bourbon whiskey before? (Yes, I know sometimes blends like this are done when formulating Canadian whiskeys, but then they’re diluted with a more “neutral” tasting base whiskey.)
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