High West Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 1 Review

This was the first release of the High West MWND – it was a distillery only release. It’s a NAS release that’s bottled at 49.3%. It’s a blend of straight ryes that were finished in port barrels.

Nose: Very heavy port/raisin notes right off the bat – rye takes a backseat here. Pepper, french oak, plums, very rich overall.

Palate: Red grape and hot cinnamon spice with some nutmeg. Port casks really stand out.

Finish: Rye spice lingers on with seasoned oak.

Rating: 92/100 – Very good – port is much more noticeable on this release compared to Act 2. However, Act 3 has even more port influence in my mind than Act 1.

Value for the money: These are going for over $200+ on the secondary, but save some money and buy an Act 3 for $80 if they’re still available around you.


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