Blue Run High Rye Bourbon


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Blue Run Spirits, LLC

Distillery: Sourced (from an undisclosed Kentucky distillery[ies])

Release Date: October 2021

Proof: 111

Age: NAS

Mashbill: 65% Corn, 30% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Color: Bright Amber

MSRP: $90 (2021)

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Cinnamon bark | Rye spice | Caramel | Dill | Nice body


Cinnamon spice | Layered caramel sweetness | Burnt oak | Cake batter


Rye spice intensifies and holds | Caramel sweetness complements spice | Long


Blue Run’s inaugural 13 year old bourbon released in October 2020 surprised me with its elegant bottle design and pitch-perfect blending. In my review, I asked for a “sub-$100” release from Blue Run, noting the fact that $170 was a stretch for many. Blue Run High Rye Bourbon doesn’t come with the same double-digit age statement, but manages to translate the same balance found in the inaugural release. At about four years old, High Rye does well to hide any imperfections brought about due to its age. It maintains a focus on spice, which is complemented by caramel sweetness. It's still pricey at $90, but the combination of thoughtful blending, low bottle count, and high end bottle design probably won't leave anyone feeling like they've overpaid.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick Beiter

December 23, 2021
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