High West Rendezvous Rye
PARK YOUR PISTOLES, SIP BACK IN TIME AND TOAST THE SPIRITS OF THE WEST.
The flagship High West whiskey. 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.
Our inaugural whiskey commemorates the first recorded whiskey-fest out West. From 1825 to 1840, 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 QUICKLY corrected with a generous supply of whiskey at the second rendezvous in Utah’s Cache Valley (and all subsequent rendezvous!).
High West is Utah’s first distillery since 1870 and the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. Located at exactly 7000 feet in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Old Town Park City, we make spirits for people who want great taste, appreciate quality ingredients, small batches, and the owner’s personal touch. Founded by prospectors in the late 1860’s, Park City became one of the richest silver mining towns in the West and the best watering hole in Utah. The horseshoe on this bottle honors High West’s home, a 100-year-old livery stable. Please visit us when you are in Park City. We invite you to share in our passion for the American West and our gumption to bring spirits back to Utah.
High West Distillery was founded in 2006 by David Perkins and his wife, Jane. David, a former biochemist, was inspired to open his own distillery after seeing the parallels between the fermentation and distilling process and his own work in biochemistry during a trip to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. In 2004, David and his family relocated to Park City, Utah to begin their new venture, where they began distilling in 2007. They chose Park City because of David’s love of the Old West and Utah’s little-known whiskey history.
High West began with humble roots, opening a small, 250-gallon still and Saloon in an historic livery stable and garage. What was once a small operation in downtown Park City has grown to be an internationally-recognized brand with four unique locations. In 2015, High West opened their distillery in Wanship, Utah, which acts as a space for educational whiskey tasting, pairings and tours, and houses a 1600-gallon copper pot still. Meanwhile, the Saloon continues to operate as a must-visit gastro-distillery, featuring alpine-inspired western fare alongside the original still, the Nelson Cottage offers unique whiskey-paired dinners, and the Saloon at the Salt Lake City airport allows for some last tastes of High West on the way out of town.
Age: A blend of older Straight Rye whiskeys ranging in age from 5 to 19 years
Proof: 92 (46% ABV)
Distiller: High West Distillery, Summit County, Utah
Family: High West bourbons and ryes
Not available in: AL, KY, MA, MD, MS, ND, NH, NV, NY, PA, TX, UT, VT, WV
A big smack of cinnammon, clove, and vanilla
Spicy mint and fennel on the tongue
Rye spice and vanilla that lingers long as a slow ride across the old western plains