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A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 10 Scene 3 Review

 
Review by Mark Pringle |
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81 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of A Midwinter Night's Dram

I looked forward to reviewing High West's A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 10 Scene 3. Last season I missed out on the fervor, and it haunted me all year. Will this rye live up to the hype? Let's get into the review.

A Midwinter Night's Dram Review

Rating: 81

Nose
87
Palate
85
Finish
73
Uniqueness
85
Value
73

Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 87

A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 10 Scene 3 starts with a delectable and chewy Werther's original candied caramel nose. There is a chewy dark brown sugar with virtually no spice at first, which is strange for a rye whiskey. So, I let the glass sit for a minute or so, and then the mild spice became stronger. Suddenly everything was overtaken by sweet oak with a very mild herbal spice well below that oak. I nosed it for a few minutes before taking a sip because I was surprised by how long the oak lasted in the aroma. It just dominated after a while. This is a complex and enjoyable nosing experience.

Palate Review - Rating: 85

The palate was very friendly, to begin with. A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 10 Scene 3 has an earthy spice with a somewhat sweet and minty oak theme. I would like this to be richer and oilier. Sadly, the mouthfeel is a little thin, and I am having difficulty identifying the Port influence. This seems like a six or 7-year whiskey. It could also use a little more proof to help the flavor's intensity. In time, sweet oak takes over the palate. Where is the rye? I am surprised by the oak dominance of this rye. This tastes more like a high rye bourbon than rye whiskey. Having said that, this whiskey opens up after a few weeks and becomes even more complex and tasty.

Finish Review - Rating: 73

The leathery finish is short. Sometimes it seems as if it doesn't exist.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 85

While the variety of flavors in this rye whiskey is not unique, the combination and weight of the notes create a unique experience. Specific notes are more prominent than you would expect for a rye whiskey. I am perplexed by this, in a good way, because over time it becomes more unique.

Value Review - Rating: 73

A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 10 Scene 3 is good, but not $120+ good, in my opinion. It needs to be great to be at the $125 price point. I would have been much happier if this was priced around $79.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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