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More information here:

http://www.highwest.com/spirits/a-midwinter-nights-dram/

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A limited release of Rendezvous® Rye finished in port and French oak barrels.

This is a very unique rye whiskey that tastes like the flavors of Christmas.

The name is a play on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When we first tasted this special whiskey, it seemed perfect for a really cold night, hence, A Midwinter Night’s Dram.

Nose: The rye forms a beautiful base of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon; the port barrels enhance with plums and dried fruits; the French oak provides a spice accent.

Taste: A proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits, and crème anglaise.

Finish: Long and fruity

Class & Type: A blend of straight rye whiskeys, finished in port and French oak barrels.

Proof: 98.6

Mashbill: 6-year old straight rye whiskey: 95% rye and 5% barley malt. The 16-year old straight rye: 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt.

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Restaurant man

I respect high west for what they do. I know there will be lots of people (rightfully) who buy and enjoy this. It's a pass for me though. I'm just not a "finished" or "experimental" whiskey guy for the most part. Carry on...

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I'm not a fan of finished products either, but most of them don't start with such a solid base. This is one I'm looking forward too.

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Had an opportunity to sample. It's tasty. I'm definitely in for 1.

I guess they're hoping to get some spill over from the BTAC and Van Winkle fall releases, but I'd appreciate it if some of these distilleries would give my wallet a break and release in the Spring.

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Had an opportunity to sample. It's tasty. I'm definitely in for 1.

I guess they're hoping to get some spill over from the BTAC and Van Winkle fall releases, but I'd appreciate it if some of these distilleries would give my wallet a break and release in the Spring.

Hahaha, so agree with this. It's never the January holiday credit card bill i fear, its the November and December "i swear i didn't realize i bought so many bottles" bill that makes my stomach drop.

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Had an opportunity to sample. It's tasty. I'm definitely in for 1.

I just hope the retail bottle matches the sample we got to try (thanks to Bill!). If it does then it should be some good drinking!

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I just hope the retail bottle matches the sample we got to try (thanks to Bill!). If it does then it should be some good drinking!
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I enjoy the Rendezvous as well. Definitely look forward to giving this a try in the Fall

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I don't think I can wait until October

I'm with you! Having tried the sample Bill brought, I've thought about how to get out to Park City (as I believe it is available at their gift shop). But that's a helluva detour from the bourbon trail :lol: I'm typically not a finished whiskey guy either (HHSS being a notable exception). The PHC Cognac wasn't one of my favs. But I thought this was a really interesting pour. Reminded me of AE rye in that when it hit my tongue I thought "holy crap - never had anything quite like this before!"

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I'm going to have to visit my parents in SLC sooner rather than later after reading your impressions of that sample!

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I'm going to have to visit my parents in SLC sooner rather than later after reading your impressions of that sample!

I can't speak for the group, but I don't recall anyone spitting it out (and most seemed to like it quite a bit). Although as Bruce points out - we can only hope the retail will match what the sample was (I believe the proof is a bit off - the sample Bill brought was at 101.6, so hopefully the loss of 3 proof points won't alter it much).

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I loved it too. The finish was a lot more subtle to me than the AE rye, which I thought was overly sweet. The bug juice was still rye forward but with a really nice sweet finish that is not cloying. I will be buying this for sure.

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  • 6 months later...

A semi-local guy got it in yesterday. I asked him if they had gotten anything else so I could bundle some bottles to kill some of the shipping costs. He said email him next week, and now they're all sold out :(. Hopefully he set aside a bottle for me.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Just opened my bottle. Very unique whiskey here. I can really taste that port wine. Very sweet. Water helps better mute the port which I prefer. Verdict on this juice is still pending for me. I like it, but do I love it?

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Picked up 2 bottles this weekend. Down to the last drops of the 2 I got when they only had it available in the gift shop.

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