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High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

$80

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RATING

7

Whiskey Review: High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Tasting Notes:

About:
Rye whiskey distilled through a column beer still and doubler from a mash bill of 91% rye and 9% malted barley and aged for a minimum of 5 years. Bottled at 49.1% ABV and priced at $80.
Appearance:
There’s some nice golden amber in the glass for the color, reflecting alongside its moderate legs and suitable viscosity.
Nose:
The spicy rye aspects of this whiskey are first and foremost present upon nosing, offering up well-presented notes of coriander and black pepper, which in turn get support from a choir of baked bread, crisp golden apple, ginger, and some brown sugar.
Palate:
This has a nice mouthfeel, with warm, spicy rye notes of black pepper and coriander backed up by green apple, some oak, a kiss of anise, and some cinnamon.
Finish:
The finish holds long and spicy, carrying itself with good potency into your back throat.
Comments:
High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey does a solid job presenting itself as a rye whiskey of note, giving balanced flavors and little to be disturbed by. All in all an excellent daily drinker.
High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey review
We review High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, distilled through a column beer still and doubler from a mash bill of 91% rye and 9% malted barley and aged for a minimum of 5 years. (image via High n’ Wicked)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

High n’ Wicked is one of the myriad of brands scattered across the United States attempting to do something rather unique to stand out in the crowd. In this case, they are an importer and specialty bottler across the whiskey spectrum founded in 2019 by two former Brown-Forman senior executives, W. L. Lyons Brown, III, and Kevin E. Sachs.

High n’ Wicked produces two flagship offerings–a straight bourbon whiskey and a straight rye whiskey–which are regularly available in 41 U.S. states and online. In addition to these, the brand also offers limited-production small production offerings of each flagship expression annually, including cask strength, single barrel, and double wood finishes. This is alongside more one-off bottlings drawn from both domestic and international sources.

What’s in the bottle

This review focuses on the flagship High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. This expression is created entirely in Kentucky for the brand by New Riff Distilling. It is distilled through a column beer still and doubler from a mash bill of 91% rye and 9% malted barley in a sour mash style. The rye is then aged for a minimum of 5 years in seasoned, medium-toasted new #4 Char American White Oak Barrels.

Bottled without chill filtration at 49.1% ABV (98.2 proof), it is priced at $80.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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