08 May

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Color: Tanned Leather

Honey, Spice, Floral, Cinnamon, and Oak

Taste: Vanilla, Lots of Spice, Cinnamon, Floral,

Finish: Medium Spicy finish with hints of vanilla and burns all the way to the toes

Rick- 8.5/10.0
Sam- 8.5/10.0
Overall- 8.5/10.0

This was my first step into the world of rye, and still my first 100% rye.I went into this with a little trepidation, I haven’t had Rye, but I liked the way it smelled. I was sent this sample by the great folks at Highspire. This was quite an experience.

A little history.  Robert Wilson was an Irish immigrant that originally founded Wilson Distilling Company and Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey in 1823. Prohibition caused it to be shut down for a while. Austin Hope has taken his expertise from wine making and turned to rye whiskey. He re-opened Highspire Whiskey and is bringing back the classic taste of American rye whiskey. They make their rye from 100% rye mash, grown less than a mile from their distillery, and then quick age it in ex-wine barrels. I think Mister Wilson would be proud of what Austin has accomplished.

The color is reminiscent of tanned leather. A rich dark color that is quite enticing. The nose threw me off completely. I was expecting something akin to Bourbon. Instead I got a smell like no other. It was a little untamed like roses growing next to jalapenos. Spicy, sweet, floral notes, and cinnamon. A different combination, but not unpleasant in the least. I really enjoyed the nose on this and kept sniffing it as I drank. It was at this time that I realized that I was going to have to put rye on my list.

The first sip is almost heady. It’s tricks you with a quick vanilla note before blasting you with a nice floral spiciness and cinnamon. The oak makes an appearance too, but it is more reserved and more of a background vocalist than a frontman. I loved it. This was even more reason for me to jump into Rye. It has a decent amount of spice, but nothing that I can’t handle. It isn’t overpowering at all, it is very enjoyable.

The finish is spicy with a slight bit of kick, not bad for an 80 proof. A nice medium finish with that strong floral spice and a dash of vanilla.

It saddens me to be out of the sample that they sent me. I went to my local retailer to try and procure some more but was told it wasn’t available. I guess the next time I get to a larger city (damn small town life) I’ll have to look it up there. This is definitely a bottle I would recommend. I really enjoyed it. If you see a full size bottle don’t hesitate to pick it up and give it a try.

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!


Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Reviews, Rye, whiskey


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  1. Whiskey Nut

    May 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I have tried Alltech’s Town Branch Rye and got a complex spicy drink not unlike the review above. Rye interests me more than the sweeter bourbons.
    Would certainly try rye again!



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