16 Year Old Rocky Mountain Rye®

16 Year Old Rocky Mountain Rye®

We named this Rocky Mountain Rye® for the whiskey that saloons imported to quench the thirst of the mining boomtowns in the Mountain West. 1.5 oz pours available at High West Saloon in Park City, UT. 750ML bottles available at High West Distillery at Blue Sky.
How to Enjoy:

 Best enjoyed alone, or with a little water.

The Name:

We named this Rocky Mountain Rye® for the whiskey that saloons imported to quench the thirst of the mining boomtowns in the Mountain West.

Back Label Story:

We think rye is one of the world’s greatest styles of whiskey because of its distinctive spicy flavor. We also like that rye is considered America’s original spirit and that it has a rich history. Originally made as a “flavoring whiskey”, most rye was made to be blended with a “light whiskey” (we call that “watered down”) for a more approachable quaff. We prefer rye in its full-flavored natural state or “straight.” Our Rocky Mountain RyeTM is a special blend of two very rare straight ryes that High West was fortunate to find (note: both whiskeys are “sourced” see highwest.com for details). This limited release is an intensely “ryed” blend of straight rye whiskey because both components in this have a high rye mash bill. This gem is best enjoyed alone, or with a little water, or with discerning friends, or good-looking strangers. As always, High West does not chill filter. We prefer to retain the whiskey’s natural oils that contribute flavor, texture, and a lingering finish we really enjoy. If you see a harmless “haze”, rejoice! Just swirl the bottle and the haze will go away – what it contributes will remain. We named this Rocky Mountain RyeTM mainly because we like the name, but also for the whiskey that saloons imported to quench the thirst of the mining boomtowns in the Mountain West. You ought to come out to our new facility on Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship, Utah. It’s a celebration of cowboys and the American West and has the distinction of being the world’s only distillery-dude- ranch.

• TTB designation: A Blend of Straight Whiskies

• Proof: Bottled at 46 %ABV/92 Proof

• Not chill filtered

• 16 yr straight rye whiskey: 95% rye and 5% barley malt (Lawrenceburg Distillery, Indiana)

• 16 yr straight rye whiskey: 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt (Barton Distillery, Kentucky)

John Hansell, Malt Advocate - This is one bold rye whiskey which gets more powerful as it develops on the palate. It's crisp, clean and very spicy (cool mint, hot cinnamon), with molasses, caramel, honey, golden raisin, kiwi, coconut shavings, and a dusting of cocoa... This whiskey throws a mean punch!

86 Points- Malt Advocate Magazine

Best Blended Whiskey- 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition

90 Points

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.