High N’ Wicked’s “The Honorable” Whiskey Gets A California Cab Barrel Finish

By Hannah Kanik / December 15, 2020

High n’ Wicked, a brand out of Jackson, Wyoming that seemingly has a strong association with domestic importer Altamar, earlier this year unveiled a rather interesting new American whiskey it has sourced, finished in former wine barrels and named “The Honorable.”

Seen as the first in what will be ongoing singular expressions, “The Honorable” is a 12-year-old, 90 proof, Tennessee straight bourbon whiskey that came to market back in August. It is aged in typical, new white oak #4 char barrels for 11.8 years before being finished for four months in ex-California Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

High N’ Wicked's "The Honorable" Whiskey

High N’ Wicked’s “The Honorable” Whiskey (image via Altamar)

There are no additives and the whiskey is non-chill filtered. It has a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malt, was distilled on a continuous column still and has barrel entry/exit proofs of 115 and 107.1.

You’ll find official tasting notes for this whiskey below, with a price looking to be somewhere over $100 per 750 ml bottle. Just 1,332 9-liter cases were produced, with this release being bottled in Louisville, Kentucky.

Aroma: Rich and Assertive – Dark cherries, redcurrants, dried orange peel, cacao nibs, toffee, dried apricots and a touch of cedar / cigar humidor

Palate: Layered and full, with subtle complexities – red fruits and citrus on the open, evolving into ruby red grapefruit, cherries, cranberries, dried goji berries, and spearmint with hints of dark cocoa, leather and subtle baking spice notes – clove and allspice at the close. Finishes dry, full, and evolves in the glass. Silky and slightly tannic mouthfeel, inviting for the next sip.