Last Call at Lukas Wine & Spirits for the High West 16 Year Rocky Mountain Rye Whiskey (46%ABV)!
Park City, Utah’s High West Distillery & Saloon’s, 16 Year Rocky Mountain Rye Whiskey is no longer available in the regular market (stock is depleted) but Lukas Wine & Spirits was able to discover some of these hidden gems in 375ML (1/2 size) bottles! These rare half-bottles will make perfect gifts and are a ONE TIME release from Lukas Wine & Spirits.
Here is some more information on the High West 16 Year Rocky Mountain Rye Whiskey:
“At High West Distillery, we think rye makes one of the world’s greatest styles of whiskey because of its distinctive spicy flavor. We also like that rye whiskey is considered America’s original spirit and that it has a rich history. We were fortunate to find some very rare and unique rye expressions quietly aging in a Kentucky warehouse. These incredible whiskeys were destined for blending into Canadian Whiskey… until we sampled them. We knew we had to rescue these beauties from being “watered-down” and offer them in their full-flavored natural state. We named these “Rocky Mountain Rye” for the whiskey that saloons imported to quench the thirst of the mining boomtowns in the Mountain West. As a modern day saloon, High West is doing the same while patiently waiting for High West’s own whiskey to age.” – per the High West Distillery
“This is one of the most intensely “ryed” rye whiskeys we’ve ever had the chance to taste. That’s because of its very unusual mash bill, which boasts 80% rye, 10% corn, and 10% barley malt. Almost all rye whiskeys on the market today contain just over 51% rye because that’s the minimum the U.S. government requires for the label to say “rye whiskey”. Distilleries today tend to use more corn because corn costs less and they think consumers don’t like rye’s spiciness. We disagree. With its high rye content, this 16-Year-Old gem is one of the most intensely flavored sipping whiskies out there. Only 173 barrels were released of this whiskey.” – per the High West Distillery
“This is one bold rye whiskey which gets more powerful as it develops on the palate. It’s crisp, clean and very spicy (cool mint, hot cinnamon), with molasses, caramel, honey, golden raisin, kiwi, coconut shavings, and a dusting of cocoa… This whiskey throws a mean punch.” – John Hansell, Whisky Advocate
“Beautifully copper-like in color; unblemished purity. Smells alluringly of English toffee and baked bread in the opening whiffs; time in the glass affords the bouquet the chance to expand into areas of dried fruit (prunes, black raisins) and mince meat. Entry is deep and bittersweet, with delightful traces of candied nuts and baking spice; mid-palate is long, honeyed/sherried, caramel-like, buttery… Dynamic, bittersweet, sap-like and deep in character” – Highly Recommended – F. Paul Pacult of the Spirits Journal
Lukas Wine & Spirits has carried the High West Distillery portfolio for a few years now and they have become not only a favorite of mine and the staff’s but also for our great customers. Their expertise in creating mind-blowing top-tier rye whiskey’s is in a league of their own. Under the direction of Proprietor, Blender & Distiller, David Perkins, the High West Distillery has flourished and amazed the spirits world with his whiskeys and even a tasty barrel-aged Manhattan (I highly recommend you grab a bottle). What’s in store next from the High West Distillery? Stay tuned to Lukas Wine & Spirits or even stop on by and speak with myself or Steve Wood and you will soon find out.
-Adam M England
Lukas Spirits Manager