High West Silver OMG Pure Rye, 49.3%

Price: $33 ● Issue: Winter 2011 ● Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Barely aged white whiskey. Huge new-make nose, soaked grain and green apple, then rye-driven mint and spice. Bursting spice and mint in the mouth, quick hot fireworks, long gripping finish; somewhat drying. Hot, but holds your attention. Lower distillation proof (134) leaves more room for flavor on this one, and some water makes it enjoyable...if I could just get past that new-make nose I can't help thinking of as β€œtoo young.”