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#38222 - 13/03/11 03:28 PM Rye Whiskey?
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I'm wanting to try a Rye whiskey, and have got my eye on a bottle of High West Rendezvous batch 49. Anyone know what it's like?
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#38223 - 13/03/11 03:33 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: andy phipps]
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Jim Murray gave batch 4 a very high score (93 points)

Found a couple of reviews for you:

http://www.drinkswithnathan.com/2010/07/20/high-west-rendezvous-rye/

http://blog.maltadvocate.com/2008/08/01/review-high-west-rendezvous-rye-whiskey/
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#38224 - 13/03/11 03:39 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: NeFe]
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Thanx for that NeFe. Sounds like it has a very high rye content for that full rye experience. Looking forward to trying it. Will give my verdict on it soon.
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#38225 - 13/03/11 03:43 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: andy phipps]
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Found something on the forum.
Two threads down - "Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings"
Jolly Toper tasting notes from 20/1/11.



"Next: quite a leep to Utah and High West Rendezvous rye 46%. These guys are new and are cutting their make with older rye produced else where but it would seem their own production is amongst the best of the new bumper crop of American 'micro' distillers. Not cheap but when was this kind of thing affordable in Europe? If the last nose was redolent then this is the type of scent that would overload a sniffer dog's schnozz. Like the pickle on a fast food burger or even a fire in a saw mill that somebody has tried to put out with olive oil. I flirted with rye a while ago but decided it was too much for me and the nuances too elusive- have I changed or is this just so good I would have got it years ago? I suspect both. The spice goes on and on- a dram for the occassion when you want to taste the essence of the energy. This could be sipped in a contemplative moment or brandished at any time on a serious night out. Overall a proper whisky- every bit as big as any of the Kildaltons. 0011223333444555666789 a doubtful 44% but this is the same score as the Snow Pheonix- take a look at the spread of the votes- where the 'Fiddich is centralised this is polarised. Which is the better dram? 'I once chewed a nettle leaf- this ain't even close', 'aftershave aftertaste after all we are men', 'the liquid pot pourie', 'intriguing', 'US Bourbon- rubbish', 'Tallahassee', 'sawdust, vanilla and ginger marmalade', 'I don't love it but I'm glad I've tried it', 'George IV- the idiot son of an idiot', 'too distinctive and unusual to buy for a gift, very easy drinking despite it's complexity and characxter'."

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#38226 - 13/03/11 03:48 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: NeFe]
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I need to buy a bottle of this a.s.a.p.
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#38227 - 13/03/11 03:51 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: andy phipps]
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Will look forward to your report/ verdict/ tasting notes!
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#38228 - 13/03/11 04:22 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: NeFe]
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I really like the High West products and that includes the Rendezvous

I havce been told that the batches are all drawn from the same vat, so there shouldn't really be any difference in them

Rendezvous is the most rye rye whiskey I can think of flavourwise, older ryes can be very good but as with peat the rye flavour diminishes with age. As Rendezvous got some "younger" components, the rye flavour comes out deliciously

A wise man wrote : Rye is to bourbon what peat is to scotch :-)

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#38229 - 13/03/11 07:15 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: MacDeffe]
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Thanks. This sounds like it will be a good introduction to rye.
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#38233 - 13/03/11 09:32 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: andy phipps]
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I think its another High West in the next Jolly Toper World Tasting in 3 weeks time, they did a non age statement, a 16yo and a 21yo. I believe the one that was mentioned above was slightly my prefference between the NAS and the 16, whatever they are very impressive. I wonder about the 21yo- over £100 but you never know that might be a bargain, the oldest rye I have got close too. How exciting...
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#38244 - 14/03/11 09:22 PM Re: Rye Whiskey? [Re: Jolly Toper]
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Stumbled upon this one about Canadian Rye :

http://www.canadianwhisky.org/news-views/the-essence-of-canadian-rye.html

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