High West has announced a new Utah-exclusive whiskey: High West 14-Year Light Whiskey.
The product comes from a discovery of 100 barrels of light whiskey at MGP, the Indiana distillery, made from corn that was distilled between 1999 and 2001, and aged in second-fill barrels. That wood aging imparted a “traditionally light spirit with lovely vanilla and white chocolate notes, and an intriguing Concord grape overlay,” the company says.
The company also hopes their new expression will shed light on a more rarely discussed type of whiskey: light whiskey.
Light whiskey is the “dilutant” in about 95% of the world’s blended whiskeys. In the U.K., what they call grain whiskey is essentially what we know as light whiskey.
“Light” denotes a grain spirit distilled between 80-85% alcohol by volume (ABV). It’s lighter than a straight whiskey, which is distilled to less than 80% ABV, but heavier than a neutral grain spirit, which must be distilled at greater than 95%.
High West 14-Year Light Whiskey is now available at the High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch, and will be available at the Saloon & Distiller in downtown Park City beginning April 16.
The suggested retail price is $99.95 per 750-ml. bottle.