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
Nose: 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
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,