High West Bourye
A Blend of Straight Whiskeys
Batch No. 15B09
What the Blender Says:
THE RETURN OF BOURYE
High West Releases a Limited Run of the Original Bourbon and Rye Blend
PARK CITY, Utah (February 12, 2016) — High West Distillery, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, is proud to announce the return of Bourye, the original super premium bourbon and rye blend. Much like the elusive jackalope that graces its label, the limited release Bourye may be hard to find, but a delight when discovered.
Bourye is a unique and very premium blend of rich 9-year-old bourbon and 13-and-17-year-old ryes, making for a premier sipping whiskey and one of High West’s own all-time favorites. “This iteration of Bourye is very similar to the original in age profile and component whiskeys,” said High West Founder David Perkins. “But I personally think this one is better.”
Bourye offers a taste of sweet honey nougat, rich caramel, mulling spices, and candied fruits with a long dry spice finish. “This release brings the flavor profile back to the level of richness that our original release had,” said High West Master Distiller Brendan Coyle. “I’m really excited to share it with whiskey lovers.” It’s available nationally this month at saloons and stores across the country, as well as at the High West Distillery in Park City, Utah, the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. It’s priced at $79.99.
• 9-year-old straight bourbon (mash bill: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 13-year-old straight rye whiskey (mash bill: 95% rye, 5% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
• 17-year-old straight rye whiskey (mash bill: 95% rye, 5% barley malt) Source: MGP/LDI/Seagrams, Indiana
What Gary Says:
Nose: Oak, anise, subtle vanilla honey & caramel with a hint of dill and subtle tobacco.
Palate: Soft, fruity spice & oak; rice pudding with pears and figs.
Finish: Slow, nice and peppery.
Comments: Not quite a bourbon, and not quite a rye. Nicely balanced, and dangerously drinkable (goes down like an 80 proofer at first until the spice kicks in). I really enjoy this whiskey, but I honestly am a fan of DIY mingles of bourbon & rye. Some may want more sweetness, some may want more rye spice. And sometimes what I want varies from day to day. For the price point – unless you’ve tried it and know this is hitting you just right – you may be better off playing with different ratios of more affordable whiskies.
Rating: Stands Out
What Richard Says:
Nose: Fennel seed, old cigars, and over cooked (not quite burnt) caramel.
Palate: Delicious spicy and sweet candy. Black pepper, polished wood, cinnamon jelly beans, leather, tobacco, spearmint gum, and Mars bars.
Finish: Peppery, minty, woody, and lingering. All in the best way.
Comments: Sadly, I missed the first iteration of Bourye. I wasn’t as firmly on the High West bandwagon at that time. So I can’t compare the two but I can say that this is stellar whiskey. It has all the right parts firing on all the right cylinders.
Rating: Must Try