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High West American Prairie Reserve

Dried Cherries

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

9th Jul 2014


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This American whiskey is named after the great wildlife preserve in the northeast of Montana, a project that is supported by the distillery (they donate a percentage of their profit to the preserve). This is actually a blend of two bourbons, a 6 years old from Seagrams in Lawrenceburg (Indiana) and a 10 years old from Four Roses.

The nose is rife with caramel, but the rye shines through nicely. However, it is dominated by dried orange peel. Spices on duty are mostly cloves and cinnamon. Slowly but surely it becomes very sweet, like candied sugar.

It sticks to your teeth with loads of vanilla and honey. The spices are very prominent on the palate. Feisty. But very sweet. I am also reminded a little of dried cherries.

In the rather short finish, the orange peel returns and some oak appears at the death.

Nice, light and sweet, but not really my thing.

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