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Highline American Whiskey

$139.99

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8

Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey

Tasting Notes:

About:
A blend of two high-rye Indiana bourbons, a Kentucky heritage bourbon, and a straight wheat whiskey, all finished in new American, French, and Hungarian toasted oak barrels; 56% ABV; $139.99 MSRP.
Appearance:
There’s some nice amber golden going on in the glass. Present as well are suitable legs and a good viscosity.
Nose:
I’m getting a nice blend of cloves, orange, vanilla and brown sugar playing alongside some creme brulee and baking spices.
Palate:
This is a bit hot on the front, opening up into a beautiful mix of orange candy, vanilla, baked bread, cloves, cotton candy, and cinnamon
Finish:
This is long and generous, offering an excellent finale to a nice whiskey.
Comments:
I found Highline American Whiskey to be the best whiskey I’ve tried to date from this brand. This whiskey showcases strong blending and finishing skills regarding the whiskeys and barrel types used.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Whiskey companies started by women, even today, are still a relatively scarce consideration compared to the overall total percentage of ownership across the industry. Christi Lower, a former pediatric surgery PA, mother of four, and whiskey enthusiast, chose to ask “why?” when starting her own spirits company, Highline Spirits, based out of Michigan.

For Lower, she envisioned “a transformative spirits company untethered by tradition, history, orientation, gender, or beliefs.” Not only in her mind did this mean challenging gender norms in the spirits industry, but also going against traditional distilling taboos. She’s focused Highline on “sourcing, blending, batching, and special-finishing super-premium and ultra-premium small-batch spirits completely unique unto themselves.”

“As I started learning about the industry over ten years ago,” said Lower when she launched her brand last August, “I was fascinated with the evolution of a spirit based on weather, terroir, wood, grain, and yeast. Yet I was also struck by how myopic the final distillate landing in the bottle could be. Most whiskey on the shelf is controlled by a very small group of people, marketing to an American consumer who no longer looks as it did when the industry started.

“Our culture is evolving. Our spirits should also be evolving with different personalities, perspectives and practices to reflect that growth and dimension.”

To this end, alongside hiring a diverse staff, Highline entered the market with four limited-edition flagship products. The one I’m reviewing today, Highline American Whiskey, is a little different of an animal compared to the other spirits I’ve reviewed from them to date. This is a blend of two high-rye Indiana bourbons, a Kentucky heritage bourbon, and a straight wheat whiskey, all finished in new American, French, and Hungarian toasted oak barrels.

Bottled at 56% ABV, it is priced at $139.99.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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