High West "Campfire" American Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1106900 91 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark #14 in the 2017 Top 20 from WA. 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. *Top 20 Whiskies of 2017* (AP) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. (KN) Inner quote mark (7/2013)

K&L Notes

The triumphant return of a High West favorite is here! Campfire was moved to a distillery only release for some time, but it's finally back on our shelves. Grab a bottle of one of the most creative blends ever created. High West is mixing bourbon, rye, and smoky single malt to make the "Campfire," a wonderfully balanced mix of three different whiskies. It's rich, spicy, just a little smoky, and totally drinkable. 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. It has all of the rich wood and spice of bourbon and rye, with that smokiness of an Islay malt. It's definitely in the style of an American whiskey rather than a single malt. It has more of a barbecue smoke quality on top of the sweet, wooded flavor to go alongside that high-toned cinnamon note present in whiskies like Laphroaig and MGP rye. The Rye comes from two sources - MGP in their classic 95/5 mashbill and an 80% rye/20% malted rye made by High West in Utah. The Bourbon mashbill is 75% corn/21% rye/ 4% malted barley sourced from MGP. The secret sauce - peated Scotch from an undisclosed source.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2021 | Send Email
To say this is the end of an era is an understatement. Highwest Campfire has long stood as a symbol of the risks that the special Utah distiller was willing to take as well as their prowess as blenders. It is indeed their ability to acquire and expertly blend whiskies that made High West the exceptional property that it is today. But the shear boldness of mixing high quality American whisky with heavily peated Scotch to create a new category of whisky truly put these guys on the map. Many were skeptical at first, writing off their efforts as a gimmick or a novelty, but ultimately this product has been embraced by so many in the whisky community who appreciate it's balance and versatility. Now, with word that they'll be transitioning this product to a distillery only release, there's been a renewed sense of urgency from many of those who have come to rely on this bottle when they found themselves craving something shall we say "in between" categories. Still now, years after its initial release, the campfire offers something few else can. The nose is a luxurious amalgam of sweet new oak, tangy rye spice and deep sooty smoke. On the palate the wood does a lot of the talking and falling distinctly in the texture range of a good straight bourbon or rye. The sweetness is tempered perfectly by the top note of clean Islay peat, twinges of ash and iodine don't distract at all from the gorgeous caramel and spice. Altogether an idiosyncratic expression that won't necessarily make everyone happy all the time, but when you're in the mood there's nothing else that can quite scratch that itch and since you'll have to head to Utah to get this one in the future, it's probably a good move to grab one or two just in case.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2021 | Send Email
Word on the street is that High West is transitioning Campfire to be a Utah only product. They're not going so far as to yank product from other markets, but to just naturally let it run dry and no longer replenish it after March 2021. This means unless you've got a post pandemic trip to Park City in the works you've gotta stock the bar now. It's what we did. There's no telling when it'll be sold out in CA for good, but the end is near. It's a tragedy for whisk(e)y lovers without ties to Utah as Campfire has been one of the more creative and interesting whiskies available for quite some time. It's a beautiful mélange of bourbon's classic highlights of sweet corn, vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch mixed with an impossibly complex rye profile. Cracked pepper, sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, spicy black pepper and cut grass all work harmoniously with the bourbon. The kicker though - is the peated Scotch. This component really ties it all together in an unexpected way that just works. The slightly salty and robustly smoky elixir makes its presence known from nosing through to finish, but it never overwhelms. The Campfire name really is perfect. If you're dying to get outside and have a drink around the fire with friends, this is a great place to start.

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