High West 21 Rye Review

This is a 21 year “rye” from High West that was bottled at 46% ABV. I say “rye” as technically this isn’t a straight rye as it was aged in used oak barrels instead of new barrels.

Nose: Exceptionally fruity with strong banana and bing cherries. Rye is soft and delicate, and oak is quite minimal.

Palate: This is a real cherry bomb for me – continues from the nose and leads right into the palate. Oak is definitely more delicate for a 21 year rye – the used cooperage definitely makes a difference.

Finish: Dry, herbal oak with rye spice. Fairly short-lived overall.

Rating: 86/100 – This reminds me of a slightly fruitier Collingwood 21 rye. While it’s an enjoyable pour, would love to try this at a slightly higher proof.

Value for the money: I believe these go for $350+ at the moment, and it’s nowhere near worth that. Buy yourself a Collingwood 21 (retail $50) if they’re available in your state instead – another low proof, older rye that’s way more economical.

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