Bourye

A unique and premium blend of rich bourbon and rye whiskeys, making for a premier sipping whiskey and one of High West's all time favorites.

Item Details

How to Enjoy

Bourye is best enjoyed around a campfire while looking at the Milky Way. Sip straight or with a little water. Not recommended with ice

The Name

Bourye is a combination of "Bou" for bourbon and "rye" for..well, rye whiskey. Because combining bourbon and rye is a bit unusual, we couldn't help thinking of the jackalope. Honestly, we didn’t think anyone would like the name!

Back Label Story

The jackalope, also called an antelabbit, is an antlered species of
rabbit, a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope. 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 campfires 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 (believe it
or not, all this mythology is true, we didn’t make any of this up). That’s
why High West created Bourye®, our proprietary blend of mature
Bourbon and Rye, both favorites of real cowboys and sure to attract
even the most finicky of jackalopes.
All whiskeys in this carefully crafted blend are a minimum of 10
years old and sourced from multiple distilleries. See highwest.com
for technical details and sourcing, that’s not a secret. However, the
proportions are! Bourye® is best enjoyed around a campfire 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”
(we did make this up!).


Label designed by High West Distillery's very own Shelby Caret.

Technical Details

Ratio of component whiskeys: top secret!
Filtration: not chill-filtered, or carbon treated.

TTB Designation

A Blend of Straight Whiskies

Proof & ABV

ABV: 46%
92 Proof

Age(s), Distilled by & Mashbill(s)

2017 Batch (New Label):
• A blend of straight Bourbon and Rye whiskeys aged from 10 to 14 years.
• Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP & 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley malt from MGP
• Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt from MGP

2016 Batch (Old Label Format with "Limited Release" Printed in Red) :
• 9-year-old straight bourbon (mash bill: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 13-year-old straight rye whiskey (mash bill: 95% rye, 5% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 17-year-old straight rye whiskey (mash bill: 95% rye, 5% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana

2015 Batch (Old Label Format):
• 9-year-old straight bourbon (mash bill: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 10-year-old straight rye (mash bill: 95% rye, 5% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 16-year-old straight rye (mash bill: 95% rye, 5% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 16-year-old straight rye (mash bill: 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% malt) Source: Barton Distillery

Barrel Type(s)

Whiskeys aged in new, charred white American oak barrels

Sensory Notes

Nose: Vanilla Butter toffee, Spiced Marzipan, Roasted Nuts, Dried Pineapple
Taste: Sweet Honey Nougat, Rich Caramel, Dark Ginger Cake, Mulling Spices, Dried Stone Fruit.
Finish: Long & Rich, Roasted Pecan, Molasses, and Crème Brûlée

Product Reviews & Awards

96 Points/100 - Wine Enthusiast 2017
Best Craft American Whiskey - 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition
Best Blended Whiskey- 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition
90 Points- Whisky Advocate Magazine
90 Points- American Craft Spirits - americancraftspirits.com

John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine - "It's clean, crisp and quite vibrant (especially on the nose). The rye note is evident throughout. It starts out more like a high rye content bourbon, with the molasses, caramel, coconut cream, sweet corn and honey-kissed fruit marrying nicely with the dried spice (vanilla, cinnamon, brisk mint). But then on the latter half of the palate, the rye really kicks in. The whiskey gets bold, the rye becomes intense (almost piercing), with a dried spice finish.