"Rich, we have High West Distillery's newest Midwinter Night's Dram Act 9. I think it just might be our best version yet," says Steve Walton, Director of Hospitality at High West Distillery when I ran into him at a recent Ikon Pass media event.
Walton is a true ski bum success story. You don't turn being a "liftie" into running one of America's major whiskey brand's hospitality department by accident. Bottom line is, when it comes to High West Whiskey, Walton knows his stuff. For him to say Midwinter Night's Dram Act 9 is the best act yet then he's probably right.
High West Distillery Goes Beyond Traditional Whiskey
High West Distillery & Saloon was Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. It's also one of the best places for après ski in Park City. From their core offerings, like the High West Whiskey Campfire, to the ultra rare Valley Tan, they never disappoint. Now High West Distillery has unveiled the ninth rendition of A Midwinter Night’s Dram, their highly sought after limited release of High West Rendezvous Rye finished in Ruby and Tawny port barrels.
Midwinter Night's Dram is yet another example of how High West Whiskey continues to bring the adventurous spirit of the American West to the art of making extraordinary whiskeys. By experimenting beyond traditional bourbon and rye with new blends and flavor profiles, they consistently deliver a fantastic line of limited-edition whiskeys every year.
"A Midwinter Night’s Dram is easily our most anticipated limited release blend of the year. It’s High West’s Rendezvous Rye finished in both Ruby and Tawny Port barrels for an additional 1 to 2 years,” said Master Distiller Brendan Coyle.
Midwinter Night's Dram Delivers an Array of Flavor
This limited-edition blend of straight rye whiskeys opens with notes of muddled blackberries, honey-poached figs, chocolate covered cherries, toasted marshmallow, gentian root, star anise and hoisin sauce. On the palate, it offers refreshing sugar plums, blackberries, spiced bitter orange peel, toffee cookies aside an orange tea, fresh dates, cinnamon strudel, brown sugar glass, and dried thyme leaves. The finish yields aromatic bitters, pink peppercorn, violets and mint.
“This year’s release, Act 9, provides notes of dark fig and blackberry layered over that wonderful spice character that great Ryes have to offer. We recommend sipping this spirit neat to experience its many layers of complexity, says Coyle."
Worth the Ride
A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 9 is now available, however if you want this amazing spirit you're going to have to travel for it. It's not available online or in your local liquor story. You'll need to stop by the High West General Store in Old Town Park City or High West Distillery on Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship, Utah. Pony up $99.99for a bottle and it's all yours.
No matter which location you visit to purchase this incredibly unique and tasty bottle of High West Whiskey, I recommend wearing our Après Ski Fleece Ski Sweatshirt. It's cozy, warm and the perfect ski clothing to have on just in case you pay them a visit during après ski hours.
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