We have received a limited amount of these whiskies today, act quickly as they will sell out!
We’re rolling back the years to an Islay time when Ardbeg was a very different place. Join Mickey Heads, our Distillery Manager, on a meandering trip down memory lane (AKA the most famous road in the history of malt whisky) to the groovy wee place that was Ardbeg Village. For here you will find a thriving community with its own post office, billiards hall, two choirs and even a football team – as well as the colorful stories, alternative lifestyle and experimental fold that led us to . . .
A whisky that has been laid down in wine casks, intensely charred to produce heavy grooves on the surface of the wood. The result is a whisky aromatic with smoked spices and distant bonfires, sweet vibes of vanilla popcorn and smoky soot fading into a mellow haze of apples, fresh flowers and smoked pear. You dig?
One day, just for fun, we put some rye whiskey into barrels originally used to age wine. When we mixed the ‘vermouth-ed’ and the ‘syrah-ed’ we discovered an all-natural, not disgustingly sweet whiskey for the rest of us.
How to Enjoy
Yippee Ki-Yay shows best at room temp, neat. With a little time in the glass sitting idle (just a few minutes) the bouquet really opens up to it’s full potential
Where did “Yippee Ki-Yay” come from? Is it a real expression of joy popular with cowboys in the 19th century Western United States? Is it part of the greatest one liner in movie history? Was it influenced by the phrase ‘Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay’ from the 1936 hit song “I’m an Old Cow Hand from the Rio Grande” about a 20th-century cowboy who has little in common with cowpunchers of old and sung by Bing Crosby in the film “Rhythm on the Range” (also sung later by Roy Rogers and Frank Sinatra) and considered one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time? We’re not sure. But we are sure we like how we feel when we say it… and recommend you use it every chance you get.
Back Label Story
We confess…we didn’t coin the term “Yippee Ki-Yay”. Moreover, we didn’t paint the picture on the front label. It’s an historic poster (Gift of The Coe Foundation and Henry B. Balink) now at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming (centerofthewest.org, you really ought to visit). Furthermore, we didn’t distill the whiskeys in this bottle – it’s our Double Rye! However, we did come up with a combination that we think will make you say…Yippee Ki-Yay drinkers of horrible tasting cheap flavored uisge beatha! One day, just for fun, we put Double Rye! into oak barrels that had originally been used to age two different types of wine and discovered an all-natural, not disgustingly-sweet sipper for the rest of us.
*Label designed by High West Distillery’s very own Shelby Caret.
Ratio of whiskeys: top secret!
Filtration: not chill-filtered, or carbon treated.
A Blend of Straight Whiskies
Proof & ABV
Age(s), Distilled by & Mashbill(s)
A blend of straight rye whiskeys aged from 2 to 16 years
Straight Rye whiskeys:
95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP
53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley from Barton
80% Rye, 20% malted rye from High West Distillery
Aged in new, charred, white American oak barrels and finished in French oak barrels that previously contained vermouth and Syrah wine
Nose: Cinnamon stick, dried apricot, dark chocolate with cherry cordial, dried sage, brown sugar, toasted nut brittle
Taste: Bright cinnamon spice, vanilla, star anise, cherry cobbler, dried herbs, undertones of cedar wood
Finish: Spiced red berry jam, black licorice, and muddled spearmint
Product Reviews & Awards
96 Points – Wine Enthusiast
93 Points – The Tasting Panel Magzine