High West "K&L Exclusive" Barrel #9281 Scotch Cask Finished Double Rye Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1456235

This incredible single cask of High West's famous Double Rye spent one year and 11 months finishing in a Scotch barrel that previously held the mysteriously smoky whisky that is added to the Campfire. While High West declines to share the source of this magical smoky dram - it's a fair bet it's from everyone's favorite Island famous for peat smoke. Basically this drinks like a spicier and cask strength version of Campfire and it's incredible. The double rye is made up of MGPs classic 95% rye, 5% malted barley and High West's own 80% rye, 20% malted rye distillate ranging from 2-7 years old. The younger whiskey provides the spice and heat, the older whiskey provides the mellow sweet vanilla components. With nearly 2 additional years in a Scotch barrel to bring it all together and impart that special salt and smoke, this barrel is a unique twist on High West's classic Campfire Whiskey.

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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2020 | Send Email
This incredibly unique bottling of High West incorporates pretty much every element you could want in a great whiskey. High West starts with a blend of two ryes, one younger and one older, each with their distinct flavors to balance each other. The younger rye adds anise, eucalyptus, and cinnamon, while the older rye gives classic vanilla and caramel to fluff it out a bit. The nose is soft and sweet without much hint of smoke. If double rye wasn't impressive enough, it's finished in an old Scotch whisky barrel. The Scotch barrel lends a sweet, earthy smoke note on the back end. This results in an incredible blend of sweet and slightly peaty whiskey with great depth and length. This is one of the better whiskeys I've come across in a while, and I was truly impressed by its complexity.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2020 | Send Email
Upon the first pour the nose doesn't display a ton of smoke. After letting it coat and mellow in the glass, it shows up in a big way. It's a rich smoke, heavy and lingering, but not overwhelming. The pervasive intensity of High West's Double Rye stands up like a brave cowboy in a gunfight ready to duel the smoke from the barrel. A sweet eucalyptus/mint note cools the situation off. A little bit of salt plays well with the cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and caramel that abound. The finish really highlights the smoke beautifully — just a whisper of the peat that created it is to be found, a mossy and cool ground under a canopy of higher-toned flavors. These coveted High West Single Barrels never disappoint, but if you're a Scotch lover, this may just be the best one you'll see.

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