High West Distillery & Saloon has unveiled the ninth rendition of A Midwinter Night’s Dram, a limited release of High West Rendezvous Rye whiskey finished in ruby and tawny Port barrels. Earlier this year, the Utah-based distillery released an exclusive rendition of Rendezvous Rye with a limited release label featuring custom artwork by Ed Mell, an artist whose timeless Western landscapes bring to life High West’s signature spirit.
“A Midwinter Night’s Dram is easily our most anticipated limited release blend of the year,” said Master Distiller Brendan Coyle. “It’s High West’s Rendezvous Rye finished in both Ruby and Tawny Port barrels for an additional 1 to 2 years. This year’s release, Act 9, provides notes of dark fig and blackberry layered over that wonderful spice character that great Ryes have to offer. We recommend sipping this spirit neat to experience its many layers of complexity.”
This limited-edition blend of straight rye whiskeys opens with notes of muddled blackberries, honey-poached figs, chocolate covered cherries, toasted marshmallow, gentian root, star anise and hoisin sauce. On the palate, it offers refreshing sugar plums, blackberries, spiced bitter orange peel, toffee cookies aside an orange tea, fresh dates, cinnamon strudel, brown sugar glass, and dried thyme leaves. The finish yields aromatic bitters, pink peppercorn, violets and mint.
Bottled at 49.3% ABV, A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 9 will be available beginning October 1st. The spirit can be purchased at High West General Store in Old Town Park City and at High West Distillery on Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship, Utah, for $99.99 per bottle.
For more information, head over to High West’s official website.
Last September, High West Distillery launched a new bottled Whiskey Cocktail Collection featuring a Barrel-Finished Manhattan and Barrel-Finished Old Fashioned. These offerings are part of the distillery’s renewed focus on the premium pre-batched cocktail category.