Review: Johnnie Walker High Rye

One of the newest blends from Johnnie Walker is a platform for rye grain to shine. High Rye is made from a mash bill of 60% rye blended with whiskies from Cardhu, Cameronbridge, Teaninich, Caol Ila, Clynelish, and Glenkinchie. The whisky was aged in first fill and refill American oak casks.

Essentially, in this day and age, it’s Johnnie Walker’s homage to American and Canadian rye whiskey. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s certainly a great place to start for the American whiskey consumer looking to branch out to other whiskies.

Bottled at 45% abv, Johnnie Walker High Rye features vanilla and oak spice on the nose. A sweet, toasted rye grain note comes into play slowly. Taste-wise, those vanilla and toffee notes hit the palate first, followed by buttered rye toast and oak spice. Some mild fruity notes peek through every now and then. The finish is medium short and carries over that sweet and spicy profile. Interestingly, the sweetness (in the form of maple syrup) fades first, leaving behind a nice peppery note.

Johnnie Walker High Rye is an easy sipping, sweet & spicy whisky. It makes for a great Manhattan, but holds its own neat in a glass. At an SRP of $34.99, this one’s a no-brainer.

Thanks to Johnnie Walker for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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