About – High West Bourye is a limited yearly release that is as the name suggests a combination of bourbon and rye whiskeys. This is a sourced blended whiskey, but one of the great things about High West is their transparency when it comes to sourcing. The 2019 batch of Bourye is all sourced for MGP and consists of Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye, 5% barley malt, Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt, and Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley malt all of which have been aged at least 10 years. This blend is bottled at 92 proof and retails for around $74.99.
Nose – Baking spices jump out in a big way along with vanilla very much like a holiday baked good with a bit of cherry on the end. One the rocks the vanilla takes on more of an ice cream note covered in a luscious caramel sauce.
Palate – Brighter than the nose indicates. A citrusy caramel followed by just the right amount of oak. Nearly perfect lingering finish of barrel spice. On the rocks it becomes thick and creamy some of the spice remains along with that caramel covered ice cream from the nose.
Score – A
Verdict – This is an all around excellent whiskey. If you tend to prefer sweeter dessert type flavors this will really standout for you. I have not tried previous release so I can’t say how this stacks up with them, but I do recommend picking up a bottle of this if it is still on the shelves in your area. Even at the $75 price point I will be picking up another bottle to bunker for the future.