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