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Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye (Caribbean Cask)

Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye Background

Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye
Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye

If you’re sourcing whiskey to bottle, it’s always interesting to give it a unique twist. This can be a blend of straight whiskeys like successfully done at High West or another idea is to finish the product in another barrel. Angel Envy’s Bourbon is finished in port barrels and not only makes it unique from other similar sourced whiskeys, but the residual port complements the Bourbon well.

With Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye, they took a similar approach. In this limited release bottling they’re sourcing 95% rye whiskey, presumably from Indiana’s MGP, just like many, many other ryes currently on the shelves. Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye, however, is then finished in Plantation XO Rum barrels from the Caribbean. But before they were rum barrels they were French cognac barrels, which offers even more backstory. Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye is aged up to 18 months in these rum casks on top of the rye aging.

The result is not only very unique, but really complements the rye well.


Details

No Age Statement. Bottled at 100-proof. 95% rye finished in rum casks. Paid $79


Aroma

Dark brown sugar. Mint. Molasses. Vanilla. Caramel. Maple. Raw rye. Orange peel.


Flavor

Lots of brown sugar. Rummy. Some mint. Honey. Cinnamon. Minty fresh rye fills in.

Overall

Dessert in a glass. Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye is sweet, sweet pour. If you have a sweet tooth and enjoy rye, this bottle is probably for you. I can’t see myself in the mood for this regularly, but this is a real nice treat. To me, this screams brown sugar and molasses as if someone plopped in a big spoonful of dark brown sugar into the glass. And then the fresh, spicy, minty rye complements these darker flavors well.

Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye is on the pricy side and it’s definitely different in the world of ryes. It’s also a limited bottling, so finding it may be tricky. It may not be for everyone considering both the price and the flavors, so tracking down a glass first wouldn’t be a bad idea.

I really enjoyed Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye in short pours when the mood strikes me.  Basically I think the finish is executed really well here, but priced higher than I enjoy the bottle. I’m not sure if I’ll buy another bottle, assuming I find another, but I will enjoy and share the one I got.


Recommendation

Buy a Bottle – 3.0/5.0 Rating
 
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)

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Rendezvous Rye from High West – Review

Rendezvous Rye is my second review from High West. Previously I reviewed High West Double Rye!, which like Rendezvous Rye, is a bend of two straight rye whiskeys. I’m a big fan of both of these, but Rendezvous Rye is something special. The blending/vatting done at High West makes these products pretty exciting.

High West Rendezvous Rye Background

High West Rendezvous RyeRendezvous Rye is a blend of 6-year-old 95% rye and 16-year-old 80% rye. Comparatively, Double Rye is a 2 year 95% rye and a 16 year 53% rye. So, there’s a significant difference in the assertiveness of the rye. The younger whiskey is 6 vs 2-year-old and the older rye is a more robust 80% rye. It’s thought the 6 year comes from LDI/MGP and the 16 from Barton.

High West is headed by former bio-chemist David Perkins. He took a visit to the Maker’s Mark distillery while in town for a wedding and there he found his passion for making whiskey. High West started distilling in 2007 in addition to blending products such as Rendezvous Rye. They distill some clear liquor products, in addition have an oat whiskey and an all-malt whiskey aging in barrels.  David said the inspiration for Rendezvous Rye came from drinking Cognac blended with old and new brandies.

Details

Blend of 16-year-old whiskey of 80% rye, 10% corn, and 10% barley; and 6-year-old 95% rye and 5% barley. Non-chill filtered. Bottled at 46%. Batch 13J30. Bottle 2553. Paid $51 (ABC Minimum)

Aroma

Spearmint, pine, grassy. Apples. Young rye is evident in the nose. Nice oak and vanilla in there too.

Flavor

Minty and sweetness up front. Lots of caramel and vanilla. Nice rye spices in there. Buttery. Flavorful and balanced. Mild warming going down. Light oak with a little astringency in the finish

Overall

Very nice. Nice complexity and really smooth drinking. There’s just a lot of stuff going on. It’s like the old and young ryes are having a boxing match in my mouth and everyone’s invited. Flavors go back and forth between the ryes. The best of two words of an aged/refined whiskey and a feisty young rye. This may not be for everyone since this seems like two distinct whiskeys in one glass. I could see someone may want to go either or one at a time, but there’s not exactly a lot of old rye whiskey on the shelves today. I’m impressed and really enjoy it.

I’m curious how much of this 16-year-old rye is around. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one in case shelves start to go empty. If so, I’ll probably be stocking up.

High West Rendezvous Rye Recommendation

Buy Again – 4.5/5.0 Rating

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High West Double Rye! – Review

Double Rye Background

High West Double Rye WhiskeyHigh West has made a name for themselves by blending sourced whiskey and here we get a blend of two ryes for Double Rye. Headed by former bio-chemist David Perkins, he decided to try his hand at distilling after visiting Kentucky for a wedding. After touring the Maker’s Mark operation he found his new passion. High West started distilling in 2007, but so far has made their bones blending, but they do distill some of their own juice. Along with some clear liquor products, they have an oat whiskey and an all-malt whiskey aging in barrels.

The idea here with Double Rye is to vat an older whiskey with more sugars from the barrel and corn mash to help balance out the more aggressive elements of the younger. The result shows off the young rye spice, but is still rounded with infused age.

Presentation is very attractive with rustic bottle and a big mushroom style cork on top. Wild, wild, west.

Details

Blend of 16 year old whiskey of 53% rye, 37% corn, and 10% barley; and 2 year old 95% rye, 5% barley. Bottled at 46%. Batch 13J04. Bottle 2130. $37 Shelf Price (2016).

Aroma

Pine and minty. Evergreen. Vanilla, Spicy. Menthol. Feisty is a good word. The young rye makes itself present. Brace yourself.

Flavor

Pine and mint carry through. Spicy, vanilla, grainy, raw rye. Some corn sweetness. Honey/Caramel. Finish is kind of buttery, vanilla, with pleasant warming and moderate spice. A smooth sipper. What a combo.

Overall

Whiskey dry hopped with rye. That’s how I’d describe Double Rye in a nutshell. This is pretty interesting with the assertive young rye backed by a more mature whiskey. Drinking Double Rye makes me interested in vatting whiskey. A great blend that’s fist full of rye, but highly drinkable. I’ve been impressed High West’s Rendezvous and Campfire, and I think I actually prefer this third, but Double Rye is keeping some good company.

I think for the price Double Rye is worth checking out and keeping around to share with friends. I might reach for the Rendezvous Rye more times than this, but this is a fun ride.

Double Rye Recommendation

Buy a Bottle – 3/5 Rating

(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)

Buying Options

I like to offer some options for similar rye whiskey around this price. Feel free to investigate other reviews for further research.

Double Rye is a unique because it’s a blend of what I think of as the two categories of rye whiskey. To my tastes though, it’s probably closer to the high percentage rye, so I’ll probably lean that way. The mentioned Rendezvous Rye is a good, although quite a bit more expensive. Similar prices, Bulleit Rye, Redemption Rye, Old Scout Rye, and Templeton Rye are more in the same ballpark. Note that all these ryes share the same Indiana source and to me any way have pretty similar tastes. Double Rye is a step away with some older rye blended in.

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