For week 1 of the Weekly Whiskey series, I wanted to begin with something a little exotic, and somewhere not too far from the Pacific Northwest. Utah to be exact.
David Perkins leads his team at High West to produce some unusual, fiercely unique whiskeys. Like his forefathers in the wild wild west, this dusty saloon-feeling distillery is cranking out some daring blends. Far from the traditional, I hope to see this brand pave the way for more non-traditional blends in the future. Perkins, a biochemist, is part of a well balanced team that includes James Dumas, a Swiss-trained Executive Chef, Brendan Coyle, former brewer of beer, now Lead Distiller.
The Double Rye! is a blend of 2 different Rye Whiskeys. The first is a 2-Year-Old Rye with a mash of 95% Rye (95%!) and 5% malted Barley and a 16 Year old Rye whiskey with a mash of 53% Rye and 37% Corn. The final verdict is 46% ABV and the labels artist can be found on the High West Artists site.
The Bourye is a blend of straight bourbon with 3 straight rye Whiskeys. 9-year-old straight bourbon with a mash of 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt. The second in the blend, a 10-year-old straight rye whiskey with a mash consisting of 95% rye and 5% barley malt. 95% RYE?? HOLY SHIT!! Next up, a 16-year-old straight rye whiskey with a mash of 95% rye, 5% barley malt. Finally, a 16-year-old straight rye whiskey finishes the blend off with a mash bill of 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% malt. The final verdict is 46% ABV/ 92 Proof and the label features a Jackalope- Reminds me of a great Portland Band- the Jackalope Saints!