I was going to write something cheesy about cowboys, campfires, and whiskey but I figured you might be more interested in how HIGH WEST WHISKEY CAMPFIRE® came to be. One morning at the Bruichladdich distillery B&B, my wife and I smelled peat in the air - the great ladies that made our meals were simmering a bottle of peated whiskey and sugar! Later that night, they brought out dessert of ripe honeydew drizzled with the peated syrup. That was the most unusual, delicious and memorable ending to a dinner I’ve ever had. The combination of melon and sweet smoke really worked - so (naturally...) I thought why not mix sweet bourbon and peat? Worked for me! 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 the smoke from a peated scotch whisky. The proportions? Top secret. So...as the sun sinks low and the cold settles in, grab a bottle of HIGH WEST WHISKEY CAMPFIRE® and gather round a blazing fire to warm up, wind down your day, share stories, and deepen friendships. One taste of this sweet, spicy and, yes...smoky whiskey, you’ll know how it got its name. We like to enjoy HIGH WEST WHISKEY CAMPFIRE® with s’mores…or good-looking strangers. If you find yourself in Old Town Park City, you ought to come visit the High West Distillery and Saloon and get a taste of our Western hospitality and our crowd-pleasing victuals. David Perkins.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt:
Nose: Golden syrup, peach, honey, a little rye spice and just a wisp of peat smoke.
Palate: A big hit of rye, cinnamon and sultanas, before we're back in honeyed toffee territory. Peat completes the tail of the palate.
Finish: Sultanas, toffee and lingering peat smoke.
Overall: Global blending is something we're going to see more of, especially if this one's anything to go by. Don't think, either, that due to the name this will be like eating embers, the peat is used sparingly to create a well balanced, and original addition to High West's range.