Whisky Advocate: High West Revamps Double Rye, One Of Its Core OfferingsMay 4, 2018
High West Distillery, part of the Constellation Brands portfolio, is making a major change to one of its core whiskies, Double Rye. Previously a blend of 2-year-old rye from Indiana’s MGP Distillery and 16-year-old rye from Kentucky’s Barton 1792 Distillery, Double Rye will now include a portion of High West’s own rye, made in Utah. The exact proportion of whiskies isn’t being disclosed, but master distiller Brendan Coyle says the house-made whiskey is a minority of the blend and ranges in age from 4 to 7 years old. The High West-made rye replaces the 16-year-old Barton rye, which is in ever-shorter supply. “We can’t buy 16-year-old rye whiskey on the marketplace anymore—it’s all been gobbled up,” Coyle explains, adding that the mashbill for all the house-made whiskey is 80% rye and 20% malted rye. The abv (46%), price ($35), and packaging for Double Rye will all remain the same. If there’s an 18 at the beginning of the batch number on the label, that means the whiskey inside is the new recipe. Whisky Advocate has more.—Susannah Skiver BartonSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.