Rendezvous Rye

Rendezvous Rye is a blend of two exotic straight rye whiskies.  The marriage creates a full flavored, very complex whiskey.  Almost every other straight rye whiskey you can buy today is barely legal, with 51-53% rye in the mash bill. Not Rendezvous Rye. It honors the way rye whiskey used to be made, with a high rye content and full, uncompromised flavor. With Rendezvous Rye, you get a taste of authentic rye whiskey. We hope you enjoy it.

Item Details

How to Enjoy

Great neat, with a little water, or on the rocks. The high rye mash bill also makes Rendezvous Rye perfect in one of the classic cocktails made with rye, like a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, or a Sazarac.

The Name

A blend of two exotic straight rye whiskeys; one old, and one young. It marries the rich aromatic qualities of a 16-year-old rye with the bold spicy properties of 6-year-old rye to create a full flavored, very complex whiskey. Rendezvous Rye honors the way rye whiskey used to be made, with a high rye content and full, uncompromised flavor. With Rendezvous Rye, you get a taste of authentic rye whiskey.

Back Label Story

Our inaugural whiskey commemorates the first recorded whiskey-fest out West. From 1825 to 1840, the “rendezvous” was the annual summer gathering of mountain men to exchange pelts for supplies. Alcohol was not one of the “supplies” at the first rendezvous. This oversight was QUICKLY corrected with a generous supply of whiskey at the second rendezvous in Utah’s Cache Valley (and all subsequent rendezvous!). In this tradition of importing whiskey from back East (while we age our own whiskey), we craft Rendezvous from two exotic straight rye whiskies both with high rye mashbills (please see HighWest.com for specific details by batch # of the different whiskeys in this bottle). A higher proportion of unmalted rye gives Rendezvous a unique flavor profile with notes of spicy cinnamon, caramel, honey, mint, and vanilla. Rendezvous is not chill filtered, a cosmetic step almost all large companies use to remove the natural oils that cause a haze when whiskey gets cold. This also removes flavor, texture, and the lingering finish we really enjoy. If you see a harmless “haze” in Rendezvous, just swirl the bottle and it will go away. High West is Utah’s first distillery since 1870 and the world’s only ski- in gastro-distillery. Located at exactly 7000 feet in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Old Town Park City, we make spirits for people who want great taste, appreciate quality ingredients, small batches, and the owner’s personal touch. Founded by prospectors in the late 1860’s, Park City became one of the richest silver mining towns in the West and the best watering hole in Utah. The horseshoe on this bottle honors High West’s home, a 100-year-old livery stable. Please visit us when you are in Park City. We invite you to share in our passion for the American West and our gumption to bring spirits back to Utah.

Technical Details

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

TTB Designation

A blend of straight rye whiskies

Proof & ABV

ABV: 46%
92 Proof

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

A straight 6-year-old with a mashbill containing 95% rye, 5% barley malt (distilled by LDI now MGP)
A straight 16-year-old with a mashbill containing 80% rye. 10% corn, and 10% barley malt (Barton Distillery).

Sensory Notes

Nose: A big ole nose of cinnamon stick, clove, vanilla, peppermint, and burned sugar is freshened up with crisp Green Apple
Taste: very spicy, with cinnamon, crisp mint and fennel. Underlying sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, macaroon, cocoa, and candied fruit.
The finish takes hold with huge rye spice, cinnamon, mint, and vanilla and it lingers for ages.

Product Reviews & Awards

94 Points- Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, May 2013 - "A sensational offering of a younger rye blended with a much older rye made from both rye and barley malt mashbill ... this is a sweet, smoky, spicy, flamboyant whiskey that is full, rich and intense, but not the least bit harsh. Just about everything I have tasted from High West in Park City, Utah is impressive."

95 Points- Malt Advocate Magazine
John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine - “Thanks to the high rye content, this whisky is very spicy, with cinnamon, crisp mint and fennel. Underlying sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, macaroon, cocoa, and candied fruit … enhance the whiskey’s complexity. But, in the end, the rye is the victor, emerging with a vengeance and giving the whiskey a bold, warming spice finish.”

95 Points - "Rye triumphs in a bold, warming finish." - Whiskey Advocate

96 Points (Exceptional)-Wine Enthusiast

Best Rye Whiskey- 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition

Double Gold- 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Top 10 New Whiskey of 2008- Malt Advocate Magazine

International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal

92 Points (Exceptional)- Beverage Tasting Institute

Beverage Tasting Institute - "Amber color. Rich, spicy aromas of fruitcake, vanilla toffee, and baking spices with a lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long oak spice, caramel, and minerals finish. A delicious and vibrant rye for all occasions."

The North American Whiskey guide from Behind the Bar - Rating: 4.5/5
Quote from blind taste test: "As soon as it touches the tongue, you get a spicy, peppery taste that lasts through to a sweet combination of vanilla and caramel. If you like your ryes spicy, this one's for you."