High West Silver Western Oat Whiskey

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about High West Silver Western Oat Whiskey

Produced by: High West Distillery
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alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of United States United States

High West describes this as "an un‐aged oat whiskey with a mash bill containing 85% oats and 15% barley malt."
When it comes to the thorny issue of whether a spirit can be called a 'whiskey' if it has not been aged, they go on to say West Silver Whiskey "spent all of five minutes in a barrel to minimize the barrel's influence on the taste of the native spirit. We call ours Silver™; because we distil it in old town Park City, one of the west's richest silver mining towns."

Classified by the TTB as a 'light whiskey', i.e. it is distilled at more than 80% alc./vol. and less than 95% alc./vol.. High West says it "cut the 'tails' of this whiskey at 176 proof [88%], when the fusel oils begin to show up. Fusel oils can taste like Band-Aids and we figured you'd appreciate us taking that out! We also "proof" the whiskey down with our high mineral content water - mainly because it tastes pretty good."

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 30/08/2011


Crystal clear.


Restrained, toasted cereal grain nose with grassy granola aromas.


Aromatic grassy notes are more obvious on the apple and pear fruit-influenced palate with subtle anise and Indian spice flavours.


Spice and aniseed linger longer than the fruit on the medium finish.

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