Distillery: High West Distillery
BACKGROUND: A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 9 Scene 5 was released in 2021 out of the High West Distillery, out of Park City Utah. This is the ninth rendition of the MWND line. The blend is a combination of MGP Rye Whiskey and High West Distillery's Rendevous Rye Whiskey finished in Ruby and Tawny Port Barrels barrels bottled at 49.3% APV.
NOSE: A deep, sweet nose loaded with warm oak mixed delightfully with notes of plum, sweet wine, brown sugar, and graham cracker. (23/25)
PALATE: A light mouthfeel with low viscosity. The front end is loaded up with rye notes giving a cracked pepper spice & light mint clove flavoring, followed by notes of strong dark fruits, plums, dry nuts, capped off with a delightful brown sugar cap. (33/40)
FINISH: As the sweet dark fruits start to fade, you are left with the rye notes as that mint clove flavor starts to peek out going back and forth with a fruity oak spice until you're left with nothing. (22/25)
VALUE: For $100 High West’s MWND is a bottle I look forward to each and every year. The perfect whiskey to break on a cold night to warm you right up! (7/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: MWND has always been one of my favorite yearly whiskeys & 2021 was NOT a disappointment. Hopefully we will be able to locate some of the other scenes from this years release!
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Wild Turkey Master's Keep Revival
Similar & Equal Whiskey: MWND Act 8 Scene 2
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Angels Envy
Tell us what you think and give us some feedback!
96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away