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" The High West Distillery in Park City, Utah prides itself on creating handcrafted, small batch spirits. They are Utah's first distillery since 1870 and the world's only ski-in gastro-saloon. High West Double Rye Whiskey is the combination of two straight rye whiskeys - a bold, peppery two year old with a 95% rye and 5% barley mashbill, and a smooth, refined sixteen year old with a mashbill of only 53% rye and 37% corn. Named a "must-try for rye whiskey aficionados" by John Hansell of Whisky Advocate, High West Double Rye opens strong and spicy, but soon gives way to complex notes of mint, clove, cinnamon, licorice root, pine nuts and dark chocolate. A surprising note of gin botanicals merges with an undercurrent of caramel, vanilla and sweet corn on the finish. "
"Double Rye — the most excitable member of the High West family — is dedicated to the cowboy in all of us. An unusual shotgun marriage of two rye whiskies from two different distilleries back east, Double Rye combines a feisty high rye 2-year-old and a saddle-smooth 16-year-old. The younger rye has a mashbill with 95% rye / 5% barley malt and the older has a more typical rye mashbill with 53% rye and 37% corn. We think the extra age and increased corn adds just enough caramel sweetness and woody vanilla richness to calm the 'bite' of the younger rye for a relationship that works. The resulting combination is bold, balanced, complex and perfect for mixing — we like a Double Rye Manhattan. With a taste profile of cinnamon, clove, anise, eucalyptus buttons, evergreen 'gin-like' flavors and a vibrant finish, Double Rye is absolutely superb for sipping alone or sharing with other cowboys and good-looking strangers." ~ Distillery notes
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High West Distillery was founded in 2009 by David Perkins and his wife, Jane. David, a former biochemist, was inspired to open his own distillery after seeing the parallels between the fermentation and distilling process and his own work in biochemistry during a trip to the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. In 2009, David and his family relocated to Park City, Utah to open the first legal distillery in Utah since 1870. They chose Park City because of David's love of the Old West and Utah's little-known whiskey history (see Utah's Distilling History for more).
High West began with humble roots, opening a small, 250-gallon still and Saloon in an historic livery stable and garage. What was once a small operation in downtown Park City has grown to be an internationally-recognized brand with four unique locations. In 2015, High West opened their distillery in Wanship, Utah, which acts as a space for educational whiskey tasting, pairings and tours, and houses a 1600-gallon copper pot still. Meanwhile, the Saloon continues to operate as a must-visit gastro-distillery, featuring alpine-inspired western fare alongside the original still, the Nelson Cottage offers unique whiskey-paired dinners, and the Saloon at the Salt Lake City airport allows for some last tastes of High West on the way out of town.
High West's products? have received numerous?accolades and awards. In 2011,?Whiskey Advocate,?America's leading whiskey magazine, named High West its "Whiskey Pioneer of the Year."? We love to show off our traditional 1,600-gallon copper pot still and share the wonders of whiskey with our guests. Swing by the new distillery to take an educational whiskey tour and if you're feeling adventurous, a whiskey tasting as well. Call 435-649-8300 or visit the Tours Page to schedule your tour at our truly unique distillery in the mountains.?