Review #72 A Midwinter's Night Dram Act 8 Scene 2

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Distillery: High west sourced from MGP

Proof: 98.6

Age: Blend of a 6 year & 16 year Rye Whiskey

Mashbill: 6yr: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley. 16yr: 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% Malted Barley


BACKGROUND: A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 8 Scene 2 was released in 2020 out of the High West Distillery, out of Park City Utah. This is the eighth rendition of the MWND line. The blend is a combination of 6 year MGP straight rye and a 16 year Barton straight rye, finished in French Oak port wine barrels bottled at 49.3% APV.


NOSE: The epitome of a dessert nose opening with hints of caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon, sweet cherries, light baking spice, and light hints of nuts. (23/25)


PALATE: The palate does hide any surprises coating your mouth with a sweet coat of brown sugar, cinnamon, that turns to a dark chocolate taste. Along with the sweet flavors I was able to pull the plum & red cherry flavors coming from the port barrels. (36/40)


FINISH: A light sweet finish lined with flavors of rye bread, wine, and sweet cherries. A delightful way to wrap up the sip leaving you begging for more. (23/25)


VALUE: Midwinter Night's Dram is a fantastic bottle, coming in with a price point of $80. Most stores we've seen typically charge around $100 with secondary market prices going through the roof.(9/10)


Overall: 91/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: It is no wonder MWND has the allure and desire. The perfect sweet rye that warms your chest is perfect for the colder seasons. If you see this bottle for under $100 don't think twice.


Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Angel's Envy Cask Strength

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Wild Turkey Masters Keep Revival

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Jefferson’s Pritchard Finish


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Scoring Legend:

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


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