I have been a fan of High West Distillery ever since I tried their Bourye whiskey at my cousin’s suggestion about seven years ago. They have been a creative non-distiller producer and are now distilling their own stuff in Utah, including their oat whiskey, the Valley Tan, which I have on my bar. I managed to get a bottle of A Midwinter Night’s Dram, Act 5, Scene 3. Fifth batch third barrel. I like the whole Shakespearean reference to a Midsummer Night’s Dream and the cool label. But I could care about gimmicks; I want something good.
This is a blend of MGP aged rye whiskey finished in French port casks. The color is this beautiful mahogany. Luxuriously thick long legs. The nose is lovely dark fruits with baking spices perfectly balanced. Palate is blackberry crumble desert, cinnamon and oak. Just wonderful. It hits every part of your palate with something good. The finish just lingers and is drying yet mouthwatering at the same time. Meaning your mouth goes dry for a second and then just salivates.
I am a fan of port cask finished whiskies, especially Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. But this whiskey really beats the band. The spicy rye whiskey and the port casks have interacted in an amazing way. In my opinion this is one of the best whiskies out there.