Founded in 2007, High West "distillery and saloon" became the first (legal) distillery to produce in Utah since 1870. Prior to this, Utah had a tradition of distilling "Valley Tan", of which Mark Twain wrote "it was the exclusive to Mormon refresher; Tradition says it is made of imported fire and brimstone." High West have continued this tradition of experimentation with a wide range of novel whiskies. The double rye is a blend of two straight rye whiskies. One is a 95% rye 2 year old, the other a 53% 16 year old. The result is a spicy rye that is also smooth and mellow.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Get past the slightly spirity and junipery nose, and there is a citrussy and nutty element lurking in the depth, finishing with a lemony icing sugar note.
Palate: More juniper and sour fruits. Mouth coatingly but lightly spiced, becoming quite lemony and slightly metallic. Lemon peel and quite coconutty at the finish.
Retails for around £45