High West Double Rye Single Barrel (Cask #1097-2), 50%

Price: $47 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Traditionally, this release has been a showcase for the raw power and spice of both young and old rye. In this single barrel release, the spice and fire have been considerably tamed by deep caramel, vanilla, and sweet corn. The spice is still there, with oak, rye, and cinnamon, but is no longer the star. The proof shows up in the finish, which is long and quite dry. An understated expression of one of High West's flagship releases. Sourced whiskey. (Drink Up New York only)