High West Rendezvous Rye

High West Rendezvous Rye bottle

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High West Rendezvous Rye

Rendezvous is a limited release rye whiskey from High West, which hits shelves annually in May. While it doesn’t have an age statement on the label, the distillery states that it is a blend of 4-10 year old ryes.

As of 2023, it is made of an undisclosed blend of 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP and 80% rye, 20% malted rye distilled by High West. The blend and sources have evolved greatly over the years, starting with a 2011 release that featured 6-year old MGP and 16-year old rye from Barton. At the time, both Double Rye and Rendezvous featured an MGP/Barton blend, with Rendezvous meant to showcase older rye stocks.

Until 2021, Rendezvous Rye was the company’s flagship rye release and was produced year-round. In 2021, it became a limited, seasonal release alongside Campfire and High Country. That year, all three featured special labels painted by Ed Mell.

Rendezvous Rye is also the base whiskey used for the distillery’s annual A Midwinter Night’s Dram release, which adds a period of port finishing to the expression.

Tasting Notes

Tasting notes provided by High West.


Yellow plum jam on raspberry scones, boysenberry turnover, cinnamon sugar graham crackers, cocoa-dusted orange peels, leather harvesting bag, dried white flowers, morning dew drops on lavender buds


Raspberry jalapeño jelly on toasted brown bread, clove-infused orange slices, vanilla-poached dates, homemade applesauce with cinnamon sticks, fried dough with powdered sugar, mint tea


Cherry fruit leather, ginger chews, stone cut oats with cream and golden raisins, fresh cracked pepper


3/5 • Breaking Bourbon2021

The evolving Rendezvous Rye is back in limited edition form, bringing with it a unique and interesting flavor profile, but it has a hard time fully impressing and justifying its price.


High West Rendezvous Rye 2021 label by Ed Mell

2021 limited release artist series label by Ed Mell

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