High West "American Prairie"" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1386048

Missed the release of A Midwinter Night's Dram? Have no fear, your port finished High West opportunity knocks. High West offers a phenomenal selection of interesting finsihes to their single cask options. When we saw that there was a barrel with well over a year long finish in a tawny port barrel, we had to jump on it. It is the perfect complement to A Midwinter Night's Dram - offering bourbon, instead of rye, as the spirit. The long sleep in a tawny port barrel imparts an impressive array of dried fruits, chocolate, and treacle to the lighter caramel and vanilla character of the American Prairie bourbon. It takes a great bourbon and makes it even better. Add being bottled at cask strength, and this beauty sings with power. Only 270 bottles exist, so grab one while you can!

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2018 | Send Email
This should be a top choice for fans of port-finished whisky as well as anyone looking for a good, rich bourbon. Ample sweetness and a decadent texture are balanced by robust grain. Savory notes on the finish compliment the sweet red fruit, creating a dynamic and complex profile that should satisfy most any bourbon drinker. Though it's not entirely necessary, adding water does give this a lot of lift and highlights its nuances. Wood spice and a hint of mint enter the fray, making this a good one to revisit many times over.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2018 | Send Email
Bourbon is such a wonderful collaborator. It seems like it can get along with just about any barrel finish imaginable. Near and dear to my heart, however, is the port-finished bourbon, and what a fine example this is. There are some great red-fruit qualities along with some of the chewier, savory elements of a fine aged Tawny. The natural bourbon spiciness in this context shows off more like a peppery dark berry preserve-- aromatic and well-balanced, playing well with the beautiful oaky tones. This whiskey begs to be curled up with near a fire and cozied up to.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
While not unheard of, red fruits aren't usually a huge tasting note in bourbon. Thanks to the tawny port finish on this casks of American Prairie, it's a prominent component to this whiskey. The sweet fruit plays perfectly with the more oxidative flavors of the port like chocolate and roasted nuts. Combine that with the soft and sweet vanilla, creme brulee, and gentle kick of the bourbon and you have a great specimen of High West and all of their wonderful creativity. It drinks like a softer and slightly sweeter version of The Dram, or a much beefier take on Angel's Envy. The only port finished single barrel to make it to California, I don't expect this one to be around long.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2018 | Send Email
The twany port finish adds some complexity to this selection.The nose is bourbon and spice. In the mouth it is classic American Prairie , soft and easy and not too heavy. The finish adds a soft fruit overtone and a wonderful subtle nutty finish. The twany port finish does not dominate but adds to this bourbon.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


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Alcohol Content (%): 49.32