I purchased this bottle back in October after seeing it for the first time on shelves. It seems like High West ramped up production quite a bit compared to previous acts. Possibly due to having much more of their distillate to work with and using less, if any, MGP rye. Let’s see how it holds up.
A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 7 Scene 2, 49.3%
Nose: Stone fruits, sweet dill, cherries, baking spices. This is a really beautiful nose. I poured my glass and just sniffed it for 15 minutes while letting the dram rest.
Palate: More cherries and baking spices right off the bat, not particularly oily, medium body, the rye tastes slightly young and perhaps a tad hot for the proof.
Finish: Drier than expected, short, spice that quickly fades while sweetness lingers with some fruit flavor
Rating: 84/100 – Excellent | Really quite exceptional
This is a really delicious and unique rye offering that will always have a place in my collection. The whiskey tastes a tad young but the port finish really helps mask any harshness while adding an interesting dimension. At $100 I’m satisfied but wouldn’t call it a value buy. Despite its popularity, I can still find this act sitting on shelves at Total Wine seven months later, making me much less anxious about finding a backup as I work through the rest of this bottle.