Think about my shock to find that we had by no means formally reviewed Excessive West’s iconic Rendezvous Rye — regardless of having tasted it at occasions a minimum of four times. Rendezvous is a whiskey, very similar to most of Excessive West’s manufacturing, that adjustments over time. At current it’s a mix of “older” straight rye whiskeys ranging in age from 4 to 9 years. A few of it’s MGP 95% rye, 5% barley, some is Excessive West’s personal 80% rye, 20% malted rye mix. The corporate doesn’t say how a lot of every, although. Additionally word the brand new label design.
The whiskey doesn’t give too many hints on its nostril, which is savory and cereal-focused, gently smoky and peppery in equal measures. There’s no scarcity of barrel affect right here, with ample wooden evident. The palate’s a severe shift: Candy, with notes of vanilla-infused caramel apples, brown sugar, Christmas spice, gingerbread, and butterscotch. Hints of tobacco and licorice sweet give the whiskey a singular spin because it develops within the glass, countering its inherent sweetness with a layer of frontier character, nearly leathery at instances. That stated, this aspect by no means comes throughout as overdone, mixing candy and spicy with aplomb on the highly effective, lingering end. Whilst Excessive West sneaks increasingly of its personal spirit right into a base of MGP, it stays enjoyable stuff.