High West Rendezvous Rye
Distillery: High West Distillery
Average Price: $99
Founded in 2006, High West Distillery is the first legal distillery in Utah since the 1870s. They make their award winning whiskies in a 1600-gallon copper pot still, which can be toured at their Wanship, UT facility. Their Rendezvous Rye makes the list of the 11 best ryes Under $100.
High West sticks to the rye whiskey heritage using an authentic high rye mash bill, with a blend of 5-19 year old rye from MGP and Barton Distillery. They also do not use chill filtration, which according to High West may leave a haze in the glass if the whiskey is chilled – a quick swirl will take care of the harmless fog.
The tasting notes are earthy spices such as fennel and dill, with licorice and cinnamon. The finish continues with licorice, honey, and oak.