High West Distillery of Park City, Utah is known throughout the country for being on the forefront of the craft whiskey movement. Whiskey Advocate recently acknowledged the brand’s success, comparing it favorably to Balcones, Hudson, and McCarthy’s. We previously reviewed High West’s Double Rye, giving it a five. Son of Bourye is a blend of five year bourbon, three year rye, and ten to sixteen year barley. High West cleverly uses a jackalope, a mythical cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, as its mascot for the Son of Bourye (a cross between bourbon and rye) brand.
Color: Pumpkin bronze
Aroma: Pine and mint with distinct sweet rye aroma.
Palate: Palate delivered nicely on taste. Mint and pine flavors mixed nicely with the sweetness and spice of the blend.
Michael: I actually thought this was one of the better blends we’ve tried. Although it still receives the same grade as the Double Rye — whereas the Double Rye was barely a five the Son of Bourye is nearly a six. Craft whiskeys, because they come at a price premium, are not marketed with mixed drinks in mind but I think the pine flavor in the High West brands is perfect for mixed drinks, especially as we begin thinking about Christmas (or is it Advent?) trees and parties. In particular, this would be the perfect base for a Mississippi Mud.
Andrew: There’s a lot going on in this whiskey: sweet caramel, honey, citrus, cloves, and evergreen aromas, to name a few. But that might be part of what’s wrong with it. The balance between these flavors is off, and the result is just a so-so blend.
Verdict: Mars, the 5th level of Paradiso.