Fireside Rye Barrel Finish Bourbon


Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Rye Barrels

Company: Mile High Spirits

Distillery: Mile High Spirits

Release Date: November 2024

Proof: 105.6

Age: 6 Years

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 20% Rye, 10% Chocolate Malted Barley

Color: Light Copper

MSRP:  $65 / 750mL (2024)

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Nougat | Caramel | Pine needles | Oak | Vanilla | Faint baking chocolate | Slightly herbaceous | Clear finishing barrel influence


Faint Red Hot candies | Rye spice | Caramel | Vanilla syrup | Light oak | Touch of baking chocolate


Peppercorn spice | Chocolate malt balls | Dry oak | Light rye spice | Lingering roasted peanuts


Combining traits from the company’s unique bourbon and rye whiskeys, Fireside Rye Barrel Finish Bourbon delivers a sip that tastes unlike anything else out there.

Mile High Spirits is based out of Denver, Colorado. Having had a chance to visit the distillery, I appreciate the fact that the company pushes the boundaries when it comes to the grains they use in their whiskeys. This is no exception with this latest single barrel bourbon, which was aged for 5 years in the company’s downtown Denver rickhouse before being aged for an additional year in a previously used Rye 100 barrel that was previously filled with German malted rye.

Mile High Spirits has always produced a unique bourbon, and things take an even more unique twist when they finish it in their rye barrels for an extended time. The rye barrel influence is noticeable right from the start, with the typical Fireside Rye pine needles and herbaceous scents jumping to the front. The bourbon component comes to the forefront during the midpoint of the sip, with more traditional flavors taking the lead along with rye spice and baking chocolate. Just when you think things have returned to normal, the finish delivers a mix of spices and chocolate malt balls and ends on roasted peanuts which hang around for an incredibly long time. This is certainly a funky bourbon that won’t be for everyone, but for those bourbon lovers who like to dabble in rye and aren’t afraid to get adventurous, Fireside Rye Barrel Finish Bourbon is certainly a whiskey to seek out.

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: Jordan Moskal

March 19, 2024
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