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High Road Rye

Hard Truth High Road Rye brings the same flavor complexity that fans of the original, barrel-strength Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey have grown to expect, but at an easy-to-drink 93-proof that’s perfect for every level of whiskey lover.
Crafted for long evenings with favored companions, quiet nights by the fire, and any notable moment of Truth, the High Road is a route worth taking.

High Road Rye
High Road Rye

Spirit Specs

  • Small batch (30 barrel)
  • Mash bill: 55% rye, 36% corn, 9% malted barley
  • Bottled at 93 proof (46.5% ABV)
  • Available in 750 mL bottles
  • Appearance

    Deep copper
  • Aroma

    Apricot jam, honey, baking spice, and graham cracker
  • Taste

    Rich vanilla, maple, custard, and spice that coat the tongue
  • Finish

    Bold and lingering caramel that fades to honey, coffee, and nougat

"This is an everyday whiskey with special occasion flavor and will be a regular reach at my own home bar."

Hard Truth Master Distiller Bryan Smith
High Road Rye Recipes
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Smashing Pumpkins

2 oz. Hard Truth High Road Rye
1 oz. Egg white
3⁄4 oz. Pumpkin Reàl pumpkin puree syrup
1⁄2 oz. Lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Sugar and pumpkin pie spice mix (2:1), for rim

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High Road Old Fashioned

2 oz. Hard Truth High Road Rye
2 Luxardo cherries, with syrup
3 dashes Cocoa bitters
Orange peel, to garnish

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High Road Highball

2 oz. Hard Truth High Road Rye
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
Ginger ale, to top
Lime wheel, to garnish

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High Desert High Road

2 oz. Hard Truth High Road Rye
½ oz. Prickly pear syrup*
3-4 dashes Orange bitters
Prickly pear slice or lime wheel, to garnish

*Pre-made prickly pear syrup is available in stores and through online retailers, but, if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s now to make your own:
Cut six ripe prickly pears in half. Using a spoon, scoop the flesh of the pears into a saucepan. Add 1 c. sugar, 2 Tbs. lime juice, and 1½ c. water to the saucepan, then, using a potato masher (or similar tool), smash all of the ingredients together into a pulp. On a stovetop, bring the mixture to a gentle boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, then let cool for 15-20 minutes. With a fine mesh strainer, strain mixture into a mixing bowl, using a spoon to press the pulp and extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp and clean your strainer, the strain again. Repeat until the syrup has reach your desired clarity. Place the finished product in a sealable container, and store in a refrigerator.
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