Robert Parker: 94, Wine Enthusiast: 96
"Rendezvous Rye celebrates the first recorded whiskeyfest out West...in Utah. The 'rendezvous' was the annual summer gathering of mountain men to exchange pelts for supplies. Alcohol was not one of the 'supplies' at the first rendezvous. This oversight was corrected with a generous supply of whiskey at the second rendezvous in Utah's Cache Valley.
"Rendezvous Rye is a blend of two exotic straight rye whiskies; one old, and one young. It marries the rich aromatic qualities of a 16-year-old rye with the bold spicy properties of 6-year-old rye to create a full flavored, very complex whiskey. The 6-year-old boasts an uncommonly high 95% rye mash bill. Almost every other straight rye whiskey you can buy today is barely legal, with 51-53% rye in the mash bill. Not Rendezvous Rye. It honors the way rye whiskey used to be made, with a high rye content and full, uncompromised flavor. With Rendezvous Rye, you get a taste of authentic rye whiskey. We hope you enjoy it." —producer
"Strong but intriguing. Medium color and body, with rich aromas of burnt orange and caramel. The flavor also reflected burnt orange and caramel, plus a spicy tinge reminiscent of cassia bark or Red-Hot candies. The finish lingers, pleasant, inviting and warm. Might be good for Manhattans—a touch of fruit or sweetness would go well with this rye. Excellent value." —Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"A sensational offering of a younger rye blended with a much older rye made from both rye and barley malt mashbill (53% rye and 37% corn), this is a sweet, smoky, spicy, flamboyant whiskey that is full, rich and intense, but not the least bit harsh. Just about everything I have tasted from High West in Park City, Utah is impressive." —Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Double Gold, 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition