Australia’s First High West Barrel Select Lands This Month
Nope, you’re not seeing things. And no, you’re not stuck in some kind of warped Chris Nolan twilight zone type deal. It really is February already. Where the heck did January go? The first month of the new year has gone quicker than the cowboys on John Dutton’s Yellowstone ranch can neck a shot of full-proof, single malt. So, before the sun sets on another Aussie summer it’s important we stop and savour the moment. And there’s no better way to do that than with a glass of good whiskey. John Dutton knows this. As do our good mates at Whiskey Hunt Australia.
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The Australian private release experts have saddled up with young gun American distillery High West to bring the first barrel select to pour across our shores. In essence, the old west has finally come down under. Since founder and former biochemist David Perkins officially opened their distillery doors in Park City, Utah, back in 2006, High West has quickly become a favourite amongst serious whiskey drinkers both stateside and abroad.
From its humble roots, opening in a small, 250-gallon still and saloon in an historic old stable and garage, High West has grown to be an internationally-recognised, award-winning brand and proving that the Sundance Film Festival is not the only big show in town. For its first barrel select release outside of the USA, High West master distiller Brendan Coyle reached into the very depths of the archives for something special. What he stumbled across is pure delight.
Blended and chosen by Coyle, the new barrel select Rendezvous Rye Whiskey is a stunning mix of straight rye that has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks for nine months. The new drop is bottled at 49.4% ABV, so it’s fair to say this rye kicks like a wounded mule.
If you’re a fan of High West’s highly sought-after annual release, A Midwinters Nights Dram (and who isn’t?) then you really won’t want to miss out on this super rare limited release. You can bring the old west to your wet bar and enjoy the last days of summer the old way by visiting The Whiskey Hunt Australia’s online store. Tell ’em John Dutton sent you!
High West Distillery Barrel Select Rye Whiskey
Distillery: High West Distillery
Mashbill: A blend of straight rye whiskies
Finish: Oloroso sherry cask – 9 months
Bottled at: 49.4% abv
Barrel Yield: 313 / 750ml bottles
Selected by: Whiskey Hunt Australia