First thing I noticed was the whisky's cloudier appearance. Here are my notes and comments. Hope you get something from them:
High West Rocky Mountain Rye Very Rare 16yo. Batch No.4 46%ABV
Dried Apricots, Candied Sour Apple, Big League Chew Bubble Gum, Dates.
Light to Medium bodied. Caramel, Vanilla bean. For a split second Marzipan?
Immediate warmth with muted pumpkin pie spices and then flat with no lingering effect. Dry. I wanted more...
Sweeter, equally sophisticated nose in its own right but that's where it ended for me. Not saying this didn't strike me as a good dram but I wouldn't buy again for the simple fact Rendezvous spoiled me and is half the price. If I had a point rating and put Rendezvous at 92 chef! pts then this one would come in at 88 chef! pts respectively.
Was a great learning experience for me! Not sure what else I got out of this, though...? Maybe that the younger rye blend in Rendezvous is really what I'm drawn to more in these varieties?
Side Note: I'll probably try one more dram to see if my palate changes but if anyone wants to trade/swap an equal whisky to try I'd be more than happy to ship to you CONUS.
The whisky is becoming a favorite if I follow such a tasting regiment to the point I'm actually considering buying another bottle over Rendezvous. For me, it's going from Islay peat monsters to Banana-foster meets every sweet a state carnival has to offer. This contrast for the palate is like finishing a savory with a complex dessert.
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