Review #44: High West Rendezvous Rye

I’m gearing up for my annual holiday trip back to Park City, Utah sop it’s time to start reviewing some High West! Unfortunately the distillery opened when I was in high school so I missed the early years but my folks used to get me bottles for Christmas and birthdays and the like when I was in college. Those early bottles of Rendezvous Rye and A Mid Winter Night’s Dram were a big part of what brought me over to bourbon and rye from the scotch world. I picked up a little bottle of Rendezvous Rye Batch 16E12 at Oak Liquor Cabinet today so let’s get to it.


Age: 6-16 years

Abv: 92 Proof

Color: Amber

Mashbill: Blend of two: 95% rye, 5% barley malt and 80% rye, 10% corn, and 10% barley malt

Price: $54.99


Nose: Delicious sweet vanilla and clove

Taste: Not as spicy as I expected and surprisingly sweet with caramel, vanilla and allspice notes

Finish: Long lingering rye spice and clove with just a hint of dill

On a rock


Taste: The herbal and spicy notes are more present over ice with clove and dill notes taking the center stage and sweet vanilla in the background

Finish: Very similar to the neat finish with the same rye spice, clove and dill notes but also with a bit of vanilla.


This is a 2016 bottling so it’s old MGP and Barton blend. I haven’t had much of Barton’s rye lineup(other than High West) though I am at fan of their bourbons, especially the 1792 lineup. It still has that dill note I associate with MGP ryes but it is definitely toned down compared to bottlings that are 100% MGP which is an improvement imo. If you can get your hands on one of the older High West bottles definitely grab it. Also I’m a big fan of 375ml bottles so I can try more things so I’m very happy to see High West releasing a lot of their lineup in little bottles as well.

8 - an excellent bottle I’ll buy from time to time

Fair - Worth the money, happy with my purchase


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