A Midwinter Night’s Dram is an annual special release from High West Distillery. The release is named after A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare and is a blend of High West’s Rendezvous Rye and MGP Rye, that has been finished in French oak port barrels.
This bottle is non-chill filtered. The exact blend is kept secret but we do know the mashbills for each of the ryes that have been blended. The MGP rye is 95% rye, 5% malted barley. The High West rye is 80% rye, 20% malted rye. This is aged in new, charred, white American oak, and finished in French oak port barrels.
On the nose, I get cinnamon and baking spices. It’s followed up by raisins and ends with a toasted vanilla oak note for me.
There are no surprises on the palate. I get those same cinnamon and raisin notes. I do pick up more caramel on the palate than what I picked up on the nose. Slight leather. This gives me the “Fig Newton” tasting note, as well. Is delicious, an official tasting note?
This blended rye has a medium finish with all of the same notes as above. Slight black pepper towards the end of the finish.
I truly enjoyed this whiskey. Rye whiskey isn’t always my thing, but this belongs in a category of its own. I am not a fan of snow, but whenever we get that first real snow in Indiana this year, I will start the fire and pour a glass of MWND and savor it. This is definitely a whiskey for that type of occasion. I will take my time with this one and appreciate all that it offers! Cheers!