High West Distillery Campfire Whiskey

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High West Whiskey Campfire is a unique blend of Scotch, Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys. One morning at the Bruichladdich distillery B&B, High West Founders David and Jane Perkins smelled peat in the air, which wound up being peated whiskey and sugar simmering on the stove. The cooks were making a dessert of ripe honeydew drizzled with the peated syrup for later that evening. It was such an unusual, delicious and memorable ending to a dinner they had ever had. The combination of melon and sweet smoke really worked - so (naturally...) David thought why not mix sweet bourbon and peat? The main flavor (or melody) is sweet honey from a ripe bourbon. The enhancing flavor (or harmony) is floral fruity spice from a mature rye whiskey. The accent (Satchmo’s gravelly voice!) is smoke from a peated scotch whisky. The proportions? Top secret. 

This is floral, fruity, bright and spicy in the nose. Caramel and butterscotch lead to light smoke and smoldering wood from a campfire the morning after. Jasmine, chai tea, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, pine resin and toasted bread chime in later. In the mouth you will find vanilla, honey, toffee, blueberries and black cherries. Chai spices - nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zest. Salty caramels. Tobacco. Gentle smoke. The finish is long, sweet, spicy, and smoky. A very unusual, distinctive, yet delicious whiskey. Serve neat, on ice or in cocktails.

High West Whiskey Campfire
2012 U.S. Craft Whiskey of the Year
Wizards of Whisky

Category Blended Whiskey
Country United States
Region Utah
Brand High West Distillery
Alcohol/vol 46%
  • jmw93

Jim Murray's Whisky Biblerye, bourbob and Scotch malt (93) n23 busy & beautifully balanced; t22.5 salivating rye strikes first and hard. An armada of honey and caramel types sail softly into view; f23.5 at last a hint of smoke begins to unravel and sits beautifully, almost Highland Park style, with the oaked honey; the rye ensures a rigidity is maintained as spices form; b23.5 an enchanting, hugely complex dram... the sort of thing I conjure up in my tasting room every day, in fact, by mixing differing whisky styles from around the world. Here the rye dominates by some margin, creating the backbone on which the sweeter bourbon tones hang. The peated malt ensures a wonderful background rumble. Well blended...and great fun! 46%

  • we91

Wine EnthusiastAn unexpectedly wonderful pairing with a sweet chocolate or a sticky caramel dessert, Campfire blends straight rye whiskey, straight Bourbon and blended Scotch. Altogether, it's big and smoky, with lots of iodine, but doesn't completely overwhelm, settling into a pleasing mix of toffee and peat. Gift a bottle to a Scotch lover to introduce the joys of American whiskeys.

July 1, 2013