HIGH WEST CAMPFIRE WHISK(E)Y
#14 on Whiskey Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2017!
“An oddball that crosses the divide between American whiskey and scotch by literally mixing the two, Campfire combines straight Indiana rye, straight Indiana bourbon, and peated blended malt scotch, marrying them together in heavily toasted French and Hungarian oak wine barrels. The scotch adds hearty, meaty flavors to the dry, spicy, and rich bourbon and rye. This is a robust and beefy whiskey, with smoke reminiscent of Southern barbecue. Earlier releases of this ambitious whiskey didn’t quite hit the mark. Now, it’s right on target. —Adam Polonski”
46% ABV. A blend of bourbon, rye, and peated scotch whisky, ranging in age from 5-8 years old.
Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP
Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt from MGP
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky: Undisclosed Source (due to contractual reasons)
Nose: Floral, fruity, bright and spicy, caramel, butterscotch, Light smoke and smoldering wood from a campfire the morning after, jasmine, chai tea, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, pine resin and toasted bread.
Taste: vanilla, honey, toffee with some nice fruit, blueberries and black cherries, chai spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest, salty caramels, tobacco, gentle smoke!
Finish: Long, sweet, spicy, and smoky
91 Points – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
93 Points (Exceptional) Beverage Testing Institute
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
93 Points – Jim Murray