High West Rendezvous Rye - my new batch/bottling. At first opening it had kind of strong alcohol, dill, unpleasant notes. Poured, let it sit 10 minutes - improved. I left the bottle uncorked for several hours & it has gone DELICIOUS. It is not as good as the last batch I own; if the last batch scored 96/this one would score 95. It is a little less rounded, unctuous. I'm wondering if there is a bit more young rye in this batch since it has more of the herbal notes as opposed to the huge spice notes of the previous batch.
I also tried the High West Double Rye - this is an unusual rye & I would say not for a novice rye drinker. Has many gin botanical notes - almost too many. I happen to like gin so am not offended. They hit the nose/palate first & then it goes on to cinnamon, anise, rye. It's missing the deep cocoa flavors of an aged rye. Takes time to appreciate this one. That youthful rye is kind of a bully w/the older rye in the bottle.
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