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Whiskey Review: High West Bourye: Limited Sighting 2019

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by High West. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

Old West lore has it that jackalopes are easier to catch with the benefit of a little whiskey. Their fondness for the drink, combined with their low body weight, means that just a sip from a saucer slows the elusive creature enough to give a lumbering human the advantage. 

The American West isn’t the only place these encounters happened and, weirdly, the jackalope tale isn’t only mythology. The stories were based on the sightings of real rabbits who fell victim to a strange virus. All that legend is wrapped up in the branding of High West Distillery Bourye: Limited Sighting 2019.

High West became Utah’s first post-Prohibition legal distillery in 2006. One of the husband-and-wife team was a biochemist. Inspired by a tour of Maker’s Mark, he saw parallels between the fermentation-distillation corollary and his lab work. They sourced and blended whiskey and more, garnering quite a bit of attention, for almost 10 years before being snagged by Constellation Brands.

High West Bourye: Limited Sighting 2019 is a MGP sourced blend of straight rye whiskey (95% rye, 5% malted barley) and straight bourbon whiskey (both 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley and 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley); everything over a decade old. This year’s combination is a bit simpler than the 2018 formula. Less is often more, so let’s see how it worked out.

High West Bourye: Limited Sighting 2019

High West Bourye: Limited Sighting 2019 (image via High West)

Tasting Notes: High West Bourye: Limited Sighting 2019

Vital Stats: clocks in at 92 proof. A blend of 10+year-old straight rye whiskey (95% rye, 5% malted barley) and straight bourbon whiskeys (both 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley and 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley), expect an average price of $92 for a 750 mL. All distillation by MGP, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Appearance: The liquid is very clear with a medium copper color and fat, uniform legs that form slowly. The hand-blown looking custom bottle adds to the old-timey feel of the brand.

Nose: Straight up sundae caramel hits first, with the vanilla ice cream underneath: sweet, smooth and rich. Lightly allspicy, mingled with cigar box and sandalwood. The end of the inhale has a green freshness.

Palate: This Bourye is very sweet on the palate: banana bread, almost sticky. The mid-palate is grassy and vegetal; dark cherry’s in there, too. The flavor is spicier towards the long finish, where it blooms into black pepper.

The Takeaway

Summary

Easy drinking and satisfying, this uncommon blend is really good. It's very nice neat and plays well in classic cocktails.

4.5
User Rating 3.14 (7 votes)
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