High West Campfire Whiskey (750ml)
An unexpectedly wonderful pairing with a sweet chocolate or a sticky caramel dessert, Campfire blends straight rye whiskey, straight Bourbon and blended Scotch. Altogether, it’s big and smoky, with lots of iodine, but doesn’t completely overwhelm, settling into a pleasing mix of toffee and peat. Gift a bottle to a Scotch lover to introduce the joys of American whiskeys.
A blend of bourbon, rye, and peated single malt Scotch whiskies. This is an adaptation of the original release that spent additional time in Hungarian and French oak barrels. The finishing produces a creamier, smoother, more rounded, more mature, and improved version of Campfire, showing notes of honey, vanilla, dark berries, soft mint, and smoke. Distinctive and unique. (Vol. 22, #1)
You read correctly--High West is mixing bourbon, rye and smoky single malt to make the Campfire: a mix of three different whiskies that tastes wonderfully balanced. It's rich, spicy and just a little smoky, but it's totally drinkable. I know some of you out there might be on the fence, thinking you don't need another oddball in the bar, but this would go down fast at poker night or at any other get-together. I'm buying a big batch of it because I think it's going to be a hit. All the rich wood and spice of bourbon and rye, with that smokiness of an Islay malt. It's definitely in the style of American whiskey, rather than single malt, so it has more of a barbecue smoke quality on top of the sweet wooded flavor and that high-toned cinnamon note present in whiskies like Laphroaig and LDI rye. Delish! (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)