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High West Campfire

Campfire brings the warmth

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@JJBoudReview by @JJBoud

7th Jan 2013


High West Campfire
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While researching Rye Whiskeys for the liquor store where I work, I came across this little beauty from Utah. We got it in and I took a bottle home. Jumping forward a bit, enjoy the nose for a few minutes while this guy breathes. High West has made a wonderful new whiskey from Rye, Bourbon, and Scotch. They say the proportions are top secret. My bet is that it is primarily Rye, then Scotch, and a pinch of bourbon. The color is a deep reddish gold. You might think it was a nice port. The nose is interesting. Only the slightest alcohol tickle. At first I get the grassy Rye and red apple jumps out at me. Shortly later the peat really sticks it's head through. Then comes the caramel and vanilla. A few more minutes go by and something very sweet happens, brown sugar and marshmallows. The palate seems very balanced I keep thinking to myself, "Peat,Rye,Peat,Rye". Good body. Hefty. very floral and I'm getting creamed corn. The finish is medium and starts out like wood smoke and transitions to sweet vanilla and carrot juice. A few more seconds go by and the peat reintroduces itself and ends up on the dry side. Very satisfying. It's a little above my everyday price (about $45-50 US) but It's not going to last long. This is not something to introduce a newcomer to due to the confusing blend but I think everyone should try it.

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