High West Bourye (Original Release) Review

This is the original Bourye release from a few years back. High West released a newer version of the Bourye a year or so ago – but it was slightly different in makeup than the original. This is a marriage of a 10 year LDI bourbon, a 12 year LDI straight rye, and a 16 year Barton straight rye and it’s bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Reminds me of newer Wild Turkey distillate – lots of oak and rich grains. Corn dominant despite the high amount of rye in here – slight dark fruits on the less-sweet side.

Palate: Corn oils up front wrapped in oak with rye standing out much more than in the nose. It begins to take on a Sazerac 18 type rye profile.

Finish: Fairly sweet and grain forward – rye lingers on for a long time.

Rating: 90/100 – Very interesting blend of bourbon and rye – rich but spicy at the same time.

Value for the money: These originals are probably at about $250+ on the secondary, but I’d be a consumer under $100.

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