About this Blog

Welcome to Po'Nutrition Fax! This blog is about alcohol - it has nothing to do with health or wellness, and the only relationship between this and Edgar Allen Poe is that he was an alcoholic.

I used to work in a liquor store and developed a taste for all different types of booze. As my collection grew, I felt the need to share my knowledge of, interest in, and experiences with my purchases - from the standards (e.g. whisk(e)y, gin) to the less-than-standard (e.g. kirschwasser, raki). You'll also find a lot on beer (another love of mine).

This is not about how much I can drink nor do I promote over-excess of alcohol. As with most blogs, there is some self-reflection included with most of the reviews. The point is to encourage everyone to reflect on what they drink.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

High West Silver Whiskey OMG Pure Rye

I'm not a fan of the name, but I am a fan of this whiskey.

The bottle makes a point of explaining the "OMG" in the title - a historical reference to the Old MononGahela River, site of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

OK, fair enough.

Name aside, it's a fantastic whiskey.

It's a 100% rye whiskey (80% rye, 20% malted rye) and I love rye... I may have mentioned it here, here, and here.  It's un-aged so it is a clear distillate.  I had long assumed that barrel aging was what gave character to a whisk(e)y, or brandy, or rum (etc.) but my recent interest in "eau de vie" has led me to trying other un-aged spirits - such as this.  Sure, I could've purchased one of the new "moonshine" whiskies that are now widely available, but those are corn - and I want rye!

Regardless, without the influence of a barrel there is plenty of complexity to this whiskey.  The nose has hints of tropical fruits (banana and mango) clove, pear, cinnamon, honey, pine, basil and fresh-cut grass.  It has some heat but has flavors of dried fruits and spice followed by earthier flavors like must, ash, pepper, and tobacco.  It has a long, dry finish with the clove and tropical-fruit flavors being most prevalent on the end too.

High West makes some great whiskey.  I've had a couple of their others but as I only write about the bottles I purchase, then I am writing about this one.  Nevertheless, this is a fantastic rye whiskey and I highly recommend it.

This whiskey and I are now BFFs!  LOLz!