Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Boozehound Unfiltered: Yipee Ki-Yay

My Dad took a business trip to Utah a few months back and stayed in Park City at a very expansive and nice looking hotel (the perks of his job, I guess) but he also brought back a couple of bottles from Utah's only distillery, High West Whiskey and I was lucky enough to get to try some of this stuff a couple of weekends back and it a delight. I don't have much experience tasting blended whiskies, but however many they mixed together and aged to make this stuff, but they got it absolutely right.

Digging into the distillery itself reveals a fascinating story. High West is Utah's first legal distillery since 1870- writing a new chapter in Utah's distilling history. (I know: the words 'Utah' and 'whiskey' don't exactly seem like they should mix, but go figure.)

There's a lot to like about this stuff. It's a blend of rye whiskies- the exact ratio, High West keeps secret, but in terms of percentages they list one with 95% rye and 5% barley and another with a split of 53% rye, 37% corn and and 10% barley- the ages on the blend range from 2 to 16 years. How did they age it? Well they used barrels originally used to age wine and if their website is anything to go by it seems like vermouth and syrah were both involved. But what did it produce? Let's find out:

Color: Very dark- almost amber in hue.

Nose: This was the hardest to pin down for me- there's something sweet that's immediately obvious- it came close to reminding of Jack Daniels in a lot of ways, but there's notes of maple and honey here as well. 

Body: Balanced! It sits nicely on the tongue- it's not to weak and watery, but it's not syrupy either. The spice is immediate but balanced as well. Like a firework it sort of bursts across the tongue.

Finish: Nice and balanced as well- it warms gradually but it's not harsh at all.

Overall: Well, I want to go to Park City and check this place out- that's for sure. And a more thorough exploration of their range seems to be in order- this was sweet, smooth delicious stuff and went down quite nicely. **** out of ****

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