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    Re: High West ryes

    After one day, it took a sharp, sharp turn to the Rendezvous Rye profile, which is sensible because it's in the Rendezvous. Gone are the blueberry/custard notes that AaronWF described so well in his review, and in comes the dill and fennel. Still quite enjoyable, and if you like the Rendezvous, it likely would be fun to try the older part of it without the LDI mixed in.

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    Re: High West ryes

    Flying to Denver tomorrow. When I take a break from hiking the Rockies, I'm gonna find me some High West!!
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    Re: High West ryes

    Quote Originally Posted by c2walker View Post
    I recently picked a bottle up as well, but now I think I need to pick up another one (or three). I've yet to hear a bad thing about HW16.
    It's worth trying for yourself before springing for more bottles based off of other people's opinions. At ~$50/375 ml it's not exactly the best deal in the whiskey world
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    Quote Originally Posted by nivto View Post
    It's worth trying for yourself before springing for more bottles based off of other people's opinions. At ~$50/375 ml it's not exactly the best deal in the whiskey world
    Fortunately the store I bought my 750 ml bottle of HW 16 had it priced just over $50 so my comment about getting more was influenced by the price as much as the quality! I'll get around to opening my current bottle eventually, but I have far too many bottles open at the moment. I usually refrain from purchasing multiple bottles of something without trying it, but a combination of good reviews by people I know with similar palates and the fact that High West generally puts out quality whiskey might just be enough to get me to shell out a few bucks for another bottle or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivto View Post
    It's worth trying for yourself before springing for more bottles based off of other people's opinions. At ~$50/375 ml it's not exactly the best deal in the whiskey world
    Despite your amusing, paternal "advice", a good point could be made about its price. The profile when I first opened it was astounding, all berries and custard. Just so bright and different from any bourbon or scotch I've had. Now it's a lot more like the Rendezvous, making it less of a standout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c2walker View Post
    Fortunately the store I bought my 750 ml bottle of HW 16 had it priced just over $50 so my comment about getting more was influenced by the price as much as the quality! I'll get around to opening my current bottle eventually, but I have far too many bottles open at the moment. I usually refrain from purchasing multiple bottles of something without trying it, but a combination of good reviews by people I know with similar palates and the fact that High West generally puts out quality whiskey might just be enough to get me to shell out a few bucks for another bottle or two.
    That's a great price. I don't think I ever saw the 750 go for less than in the $80 range. It's not my favorite rye, but I'd definitely take it at that price!

    And I agree, it definitely helps to know who in this community has a palate that you trust!

    Quote Originally Posted by bad_scientist View Post
    Despite your amusing, paternal "advice", a good point could be made about its price. The profile when I first opened it was astounding, all berries and custard. Just so bright and different from any bourbon or scotch I've had. Now it's a lot more like the Rendezvous, making it less of a standout.
    Not sure what is amusing about it. I wasn't trying to come off as condescending. Just making a point... a valid one, I think. You purchase multiple bottles of expensive whiskey without ever tasting it for yourself? I guess we each have our own way of doing things.
    Last edited by nivto; 05-27-2012 at 20:23.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nivto View Post
    Not sure what is amusing about it. I wasn't trying to come off as condescending. Just making a point... a valid one, I think. You purchase multiple bottles of expensive whiskey without ever tasting it for yourself? I guess we each have our own way of doing things.
    Putting someone else's words in my mouth - very weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivto View Post
    It's worth trying for yourself before springing for more bottles based off of other people's opinions. At ~$50/375 ml it's not exactly the best deal in the whiskey world
    Ryan, I think you make a reasonable point as it may not be good versus bad but rather a) personal palate preference and / or b) batch differences. Granted the HW 16 will exhibit a similiar profile but each batch can be quite different with each showing different nuances that each of us may find more or less to our liking...
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    Re: High West ryes

    Since it is not to be seen again, I picked up a Bourye last week out of curiosity. The Rendezvous I just finished got better with air and I expect this one will do same. The first pour was just flat and uninspiring in terms of the rye. I could detect the 4R (OBSV I think) and that made it more inviting for future sampling. The 2d & 3d pours were a lot better with the rye beginning to open up nicely to pair with the 4R.

    The concept is a little strange to me, being a longtime bourbon lover and only 'discovering' rye in the last 2-3 years. However, I am up to giving anything a shot once. Jury still out whether I spend $60 on another though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Lamplighter View Post
    Since it is not to be seen again, I picked up a Bourye last week out of curiosity. The Rendezvous I just finished got better with air and I expect this one will do same. The first pour was just flat and uninspiring in terms of the rye. I could detect the 4R (OBSV I think) and that made it more inviting for future sampling. The 2d & 3d pours were a lot better with the rye beginning to open up nicely to pair with the 4R.

    The concept is a little strange to me, being a longtime bourbon lover and only 'discovering' rye in the last 2-3 years. However, I am up to giving anything a shot once. Jury still out whether I spend $60 on another though.
    Bourye has a 20% rye 4R whiskey, so it's one of the OEs, not an OB.

    http://www.highwest.com/spirits/bourye/

 

 

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