High West Bourye (Newer Release) Review

This is the newer release of the Bourye from High West which is bottled at 46% ABV. Bourye was originally released many years back from High West and was a blend of a 10 year Four Roses bourbon. a 12 year MGP rye, and a 16 year Barton rye. They re-released it last year with a slightly different makeup of a 17 year MGP rye, a 13 year MGP rye, and a 9 year MGP bourbon.

Nose: Interesting – the MGP bourbon really comes off with a typical Brown-Forman profile full of brown sugar and bananas. It’s a bit distracting as while you’re nosing it, it will bounce back and forth between a rye and bourbon in terms of the dominant note. A bit of acetone, old oak, and musty corn.

Palate: Again, strikes me initially as a 10-15 year Brown-Forman bourbon profile being very sweet and fruit forward. Rye kicks in immediately though and adds some nice spice and complexity. A bit more muddled overall than the nose.

Finish: Sweet corn, spicy rye, and young oak – relatively short.

Rating: 85/100 – Looking back, I liked the original Bourye release a decent amount more, but overall this one is still very enjoyable. It’s a unique blend that showcases how bourbon and rye can actually go nicely together.

Value for the money: I believe I paid around $75 for this bottle which I think is a fair price.

 

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 High West released a newer version of the Bourye a year or so ago – but it was slightly different in makeup than the original.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.