High West Double Rye

The Spirit of Utah.

High West Double RyePark City, Utah, is home to the High West whiskey distillery. It was founded in 2006 by Jane and David Perkins after a visit David made to Maker’s Mark. This Double Rye is part of their unique range. The High West whiskey distillery is the first new distillery to officially operate in the state of Utah since 1870.  It is the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. Sounds like the perfect destination for whiskey lovers …even if you are a stranger to the snowy slopes.

But what exactly is a Double Rye? This whiskey is crafted from two rye whiskeys, both of which are a minimum of 2 years old. The younger rye is produced on a column still and the older rye, which is distilled by High West, is made using a pot still which adds additional complexity. It’s a winning combination!

High West Double Rye is deliciously well-balanced. Try sipping neat with perhaps a chunk of ice and a dash of water. Appreciate the aroma and layers of flavour. It has a soft sweetness on the nose. The palate offers the freshness of cut grass followed by brown sugar, honey and hints of warming Christmas spices and vanilla. This rye has a mellow roundness devoid of much of the harshness associated with some other whiskey/whisky.

High West Double Rye makes great cocktails, too. It is the perfect base for a Manhattan or a New York Sour. Here is the recipe for the Grizzly, which obviously isn’t inspired by the Big Apple.


29 ml High West Double Rye
14ml brown ale white sugar syrup
14ml amaro nonino
22ml cold brew coffee
7ml crème de cacao
Barspoon allspice dram
2 dashes mole bitters

Stir all ingredients together
Strain into mason jar with cubed ice
Garnish with Maraschino cherries


High West Double Rye is available at Master of Malt for £56.74.