How to Enjoy
Bourye is best enjoyed around a campfire while looking at the Milky Way. Sip straight or with a little water. Not recommended with ice.
Bourye is a combination of “Bou” for bourbon and “rye” for..well, rye whiskey. Because combining bourbon and rye is a bit unusual, we couldn’t help thinking of the jackalope. Honestly, we didn’t think anyone would like the name!
Back Label Story
The jackalope, also called an antelabbit, is an antlered species of rabbit, a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope. It is rumored that pockets of jackalope populations continue to persist in the American West, its native home. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. When chased, the jackalope will use its vocal abilities to elude capture. For instance, when chased by people it will call out phrases such as, “There he goes, over there,” in order to throw pursuers off its track. Legend suggests the best way to catch a jackalope is to lure it with whiskey, as they have a particular fondness for this drink. Once intoxicated, the animal becomes slower and easier to hunt (believe it or not, all this mythology is true, we didn’t make any of this up). That’s why High West created Bourye®, our proprietary blend of mature Bourbon and Rye, both favorites of real cowboys and sure to attract even the most finicky of jackalopes. All whiskeys in this carefully crafted blend are a minimum of 10 years old and sourced from multiple distilleries. See highwest.com for technical details and sourcing, that’s not a secret. However, the proportions are! Bourye® is best enjoyed around a campfire while looking at the Milky Way. Important! Jackalopes will attack if cornered or provoked. To avoid injury, quickly fall to the ground, remain calm and still, while humming the Roy Rogers song, “Happy Trails to You” (we did make this up!).
Label designed by High West Distillery’s very own Shelby Caret.
Ratio of component whiskeys: top secret!
Filtration: not chill-filtered, or carbon treated.
Class & Type: A Blend of Straight Whiskies
Blend: A blend of straight bourbon and rye whiskeys aged a minimum of 10 years
Proof & ABV
Age(s), Distilled by & Mashbill(s)
All sourced from MGP, Lawrenceburg, Indiana:
-Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye, 5% barley malt;
-Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt
-Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley malt
Whiskeys aged in new, charred white American oak barrels
Nose: Brown butter caramel, vanilla cola, grilled pineapple, boysenbaerry jam, spearmint, sage, violets in wet weather
Taste: Masala chai, cinnamon candies, butterscotch, orange chocolate, gingerbread, walnuts doused in dark caramel
Finish: Creamy toffee, clove, ginger chew spice
Product Reviews & Awards
92 Points/100 – Whisky Advocate 7/2017
96 Points/100 – Wine Enthusiast 5/2017
Best Craft American Whiskey – 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition
Best Blended Whiskey- 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition
90 Points- Whisky Advocate Magazine
90 Points- American Craft Spirits – americancraftspirits.com
John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine – “It’s clean, crisp and quite vibrant (especially on the nose). The rye note is evident throughout. It starts out more like a high rye content bourbon, with the molasses, caramel, coconut cream, sweet corn and honey-kissed fruit marrying nicely with the dried spice (vanilla, cinnamon, brisk mint). But then on the latter half of the palate, the rye really kicks in. The whiskey gets bold, the rye becomes intense (almost piercing), with a dried spice finish.