High West “A Midwinter Night’s Dram”: Review

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Act 5, Scene 3. Blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in French oak port barrels. 49.3% ABV. 98.6 Proof

We love Shakespeare, good puns, and great whiskey. This bottle checks all the boxes. It even recalls the fine wine box, with the heavy notes of port. As you’ll note in our previous reviews of High West Distillery juices, like American Prairie Bourbon, Double Rye, and Yippee Ky-Yay.  This expression, now cleverly designated Act 5, Scene 3 to designate the year and batch, starts with a base of the High West Rendezvous Rye finished in old French oak port barrels. It makes a huge difference in smoothing out the peppery rye and adding warming red wine notes.

Eye

Deep amber, almost ruby red. Long supple legs that take their own sweet time dripping down the glass.

Nose

It hits you right off the bat with a rich red wine blast, and a little touch of pepper hiding way in the back.

Mouth

Once the liquid hits the mouth, the pepper of the rye becomes more pronounced, but is quickly bowled over by waves of red wine and bing cherries, slowly fading into succulent honey. A medium length finish almost makes you want it to last even longer. This Dram tastes like the ultimate Yule time holiday party. We bet if you set out a glencairn of this with some buttery sugar cookies for Santa, you’d never make the naughty list ever again. It’s smooth enough to not need any water, but a little drop does bring out more of the flavors and intensify the finish.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃🥃

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