The second High West whiskey from the recent American Whiskey Bottle-Share. For some reason I’ve always liked High West. I bought a bottle when travelling through the south of Utah in 2009. I never made it up to Park City but I did pick up the Rendezvous. Although it’s a very sweet whiskey, but it’s packing lots of flavour.
Anyway, the American Prairie Reserve and Campfire were ones that I had not tried yet, which qualified them for the set of 9 (this time). The American Prairie Reserve is a whiskey blended by High West, with a portion of the profits going to Montana’s Prairie Reserve. A good cause is supported by my drinking. Does it get any better than this?
Oh. My. God. The nose is divine. It’s lovely sweet and spicy. The intensity is huge, like you’re in the middle of a bakery. Lots of pastry, dough and cremes. Pink peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon. Also sweet corn syrup and maple syrup.
Spicy and a bit sharper than expected. Sweet and light in flavour too, and not as thick as the nose made me guess. Again, lots of spices. Allspice, pepper, old oak. Corn and wheat too.
Spicy again, and a tad dry now (not too dry, mind!). Sweet and more grains here. The spicy finish isn’t too long but suddenly gives hints of caramel apple.
This just might be a new favourite. Compared to some others it’s pretty affordable. The palate is big, the finish is delicious, but the nose is just absolutely stunning. After you open the bottle, it just fills the room. This most certainly made the wish list, and that doesn’t happen all that much anymore. (this is not meant to sound arrogant, there’s lots of lovely stuff out there, but most of it I can’t afford…)
High West American Prairie Reserve, 46%, available at Master of Malt at £ 49.11