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High West 21 YR Rocky Mountain Rye

The folks at High West named this "Rocky Mountain Rye" for the whiskey that saloons imported to quench the thirst of the mining boomtowns in the Mountain West. As a modern day saloon, High West is doing the same while patiently waiting for High West's own whiskey to age. The Federal Government term for this is "Whiskey Distilled from Rye Mash Stored 21 Years in Re-Used Cooperage." Translation: This is very rare whiskey aged in USED barrels. All were aged on the lower three tiers of High West's rickhouse.

This rye whiskey is highly unusual because it was aged in used oak barrels. Almost all American whiskey is aged in new oak and sold as a "straight" whiskey. Used barrels result in a taste profile less influenced by the wood, allowing the more delicate flavors of the rye distillate to prevail. A truly sophisticated sipping whiskey.

Only 75 barrels of this whiskey were bottled.

Awards

94 Points - Beverage Testing Institute, February 2010

89 Points - Malt Advocate Magazine, Fall 2009

Whiskey Details
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Age: 
21 years old
Years in aging cask: 
21
Years in finishing cask: 
21
Blend: 
53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley malt.
ABV: 
46%
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