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High West Silver Whiskey OMG Pure Rye
High West Silver Whiskey OMG Pure Rye Whiskey

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High West Silver Whiskey OMG Pure Rye 750 ML

High West is proud to help bring back a true American product - Rye Whiskey. OMG Pure Rye is an un-aged whiskey made in the style of the rye whiskey from 1800’s Western Pennsylvania. With a traditional 80% rye and 20% malted rye mash bill, OMG Pure Rye is distilled at a very low proof in a pot still. We think OMG Pure Rye tastes like Christmas fruitcake with deep plum, yeasty grain, Christmas spices and dried fruit. Warning: OMG is not for everyone. We designed OMG Pure Rye to be put in a barrel or consumed neat. You can’t just mix this like you do vodka! But if you like big complex chewy libations, it’s for you.

The Name

OMG had a different meaning in the 1800’s - Old MononGahela rye. The Monongahela is a river in western Pennsylvania named after a Latinized version of the Native American word Mechmenawungihilla. The word means “falling banks” in reference to the geological instability of the river’s banks, which are high, get washed out and therefore collapse.

The History

This region was the site of America’s first civil war, the Whiskey rebellion of 1794. It later became the epicenter of American distilling when whiskey production boomed in the 1800’s. Monongahela whiskey was considered so marvelous that it became the standard spirit of
the young nation. Of the 2500 known stills in American, most were in this area; in 1810, Kentucky produced 2.2 million gallons of whiskey from primarily corn, Pennsylvania produced 6.5 million gallons of mostly Monongahela rye.

We like our OMG neat at room temp - this allows us to taste every bit of goodness in this delicious whiskey! However, OMG is also really good as the base in a mixed drink. Here are a few of our favorites: The 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion, OMG Manhattan, OMG Whiskey Cocktail (an old fashioned "Old Fashioned"). Nose - Big and complex starting with plums, strawberries, green apple, ripe banana and pomelos followed by rye grain, clove spice, mint, and herbs. Taste - Citrus fruit resounds leading to rosemary herbal spiciness. Finish - Very long indeed, herbal with a lingering note of Meyer lemon.

Historians think the world began to expect that whiskey should be barrel aged because it took longer for Monongahela rye to get to its markets on the East coast - and it tasted darn good. OMG was considered world class, even earning a shout out in Melville’s Moby Dick (“unspeakable old Monongahela”) in 1851. OMG’s dynasty grew even more after the Civil War destroyed nearly all transportation from Kentucky south. But Prohibition changed all this. The distilleries in Pennsylvania all went out of business and the industry there never recovered to the extent the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky did. Rye whiskey had faded away...Until now!

High West assures us it is intended under its old definition: Old MononGahela Rye, named after a river in Pennsylvania. This whiskey is made from 80% rye and 20% malted rye, meant to mimic the recipe for what whiskey would have been like in that area in the early 1800s. Results: Quite engaging for a silver whiskey, rich with apple fruit, nougat, and honey notes. The malted rye makes a difference, giving this whiskey a, well, malt character that you’d normally associate with Scotch and tons of body in comparison to so much other harsh, unaged whiskey — and at 98.6 proof, too.

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