Maker: High West, Park City, Utah, USA
Distillers: MGPI, some Kentucky distillery or distilleries.
Style: Blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in French oak and port barrels.
Act 2.9, Scene 234
Proof: 98.6 (49.3% ABV)
Michigan State Minimum: $82
Appearance: Dark copper.
Nose: Alcohol, cut grass, prunes, dried figs, tawny Port.
Palate: Fruity and rich. Apple-mint jelly, cinnamon disks.
Finish: Hot and spicy, then shifts to big menthol and eucalyptus flavors.
Mixed: Makes for a good hot toddy and Manhattan.
Parting words: High West’s Rendezvous Rye is one of my favorite ryes, and this is a finished version of that. Port finished bourbons were all the rage a couple years ago when this product was introduced, ushered in by Angel’s Envy. I have liked the products generally, and I like this one. The minty character of the high rye MGPI tends to run roughshod over everything else here. There’s a little bit of Port that shines through, but not too much (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing).
A Midwinter Nights Dram is good by the fire and would probably be good with a cigar if I smoked. The sweetness complements smoky environs nicely. I can’t really say that I like it more than Rendezvous Rye but I should if I’m paying $30 more for it. A Midwinter Nights Dram is mildly recommended.