Veteran Rye Review: High West Double Rye


High West Distillery

Mash bill

2 year rye has 95% rye and 5% barley, 16 year rye has barely legal 53% rye and 37% corn (plus something else)?


Blend of 2 rye whiskeys: 2 & 16 year


92 Proof


$33 (2023)

Official Product Website

History – High West Distillery, established in 2006 by passionate whiskey enthusiasts David and Jane Perkins in Park City, Utah, holds historical significance as the first legal distillery in Utah post-Prohibition. This pioneering spirit was fueled by David Perkins, a former biochemist, and his vision to rekindle Utah’s rich whiskey-making heritage. High West’s commitment to crafting exceptional whiskey and reviving traditional practices gave birth to a range of distinctive blends, including the renowned High West Double Rye.

High West Double Rye, a standout creation, demonstrates a unique approach to blending rye whiskies. This acclaimed expression is characterized by a meticulous blend of two rye whiskies, each with its distinctive mash bill composition. High West’s innovative blending techniques and mastery of distillation have propelled Double Rye to the forefront, contributing significantly to the renaissance of rye whiskey in the early 21st century.

High West Double Rye has garnered acclaim within the whiskey market for its exceptional qualities and distinct flavor profile. The brand’s dedication to quality and inventive blending processes has earned it a devoted following amongst whiskey aficionados. Over the years, the soaring popularity of High West Double Rye has spurred the expansion of the High West brand, attracting the attention of major industry players like Constellation Brands. The strategic acquisition in 2016 by Constellation Brands has further elevated High West’s prominence, providing the necessary resources and reach to share this exceptional rye whiskey with a broader audience.

Lets dig in!

Value – Spot on!

Appearance – Gold. Amazing old looking bottle with blown glass. This bottles falls into the top of list of some of my favorite looking bottles.

Nose – Grassy / Lavender / Spearmint / Cloves

Palate – Smooth / Piney / Walnut / Distinctively Different

Finish –  Honey / Maple Syrup / Sweet / Hint of Cherry

Summary – High West Double Rye is a testament to the innovative blending techniques and commitment to quality by High West Distillery. The brand has successfully combined various rye whiskies to create a distinct and acclaimed whiskey, contributing to the revival of whiskey-making traditions in Utah and the overall renaissance of American rye whiskey.

“Way to go High West as this falls on my top list for a great Rye!”

Andrew Workman

Uniqueness- 1-10 – 6

Appearance- 1-10 – 10

Nose- 1-20 – 13

Palate- 1-20 – 15

Finish- 1-20 – 15

Value- 1-20 – 20



Reviewed by:

Andrew Workman on 09/27/2023

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