High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 2.1

This is the second release of the MWND (the first being a distillery only expression). It’s a blend of ryes finished in port/french oak casks and bottled at 49.3% ABV.

Nose: Port comes through cleanly and nicely complements the rye notes. Lots of vanilla with plums, brown sugar, and merlot notes.

Palate: Big dose of rye with stewed fruits and rich oak.

Finish: Rye lingers for some time, but the sweeter port notes fade almost instantly.

Rating: 86/100 – I really the combination of port and rye as they complement each other so well in my book.

Value for the money: These typically retail around $80, and I’d buy an Act 3 if they’re still available at that price, but I’d pass on the Act 2 at retail.

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