High West Yippee Ki-Yay: Review

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92 Proof/ 46% ABV

High West is earning high praise all around the whiskey world for their skillful blending and finishing of other’s sourced liquids (and is now distilling their own juices, too). We also love the old west bottle and label design that would fit right in at a Westworld saloon. Seemingly not so long ago, it was almost impossible to find a bottle of rye south of the Mason Dixon line. Now, the rye craze is following on the heels of the bourbon craze. Yippee Ki-Yay takes High West’s excellent expression of the ultimate Double Rye whiskey, and smooths off the rough peppery rye edges by finishing it in vermouth and red wine barrels. We were treated to this tasting by a founding member of our Whiskey Wednesday club who rates this as one of her favorites (and who doesn’t normally like rye.)

Eye:

If this were an Apple iProduct, it would be described as rose gold.

Nose:

Strong floral overtones that cover over the deep peppery rye.

Mouth:

This is so smooth and sweet you wouldn’t believe it was a rye whiskey if High West didn’t tell you so. The vermouth rules over the forward palate flavors and dominates the overall impression, in a good way. The full-bodied mouthfeel of Double Rye is still here, but the peppery burn only appears towards the back end of the medium length finish. Definitely an elegant elevation of rye whiskey that would be just as much at home at the country club for high tea as around a roaring campfire during hunting season.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃1/2

 

 

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