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A terrific blend of bourbon, rye and peated Scotch whiskies from High West in Utah, we love the back story of this one.
During a visit to Islay, David Perkins enjoyed a breakfast at a B&B near Bruichladdich, which included a delicious syrup made from sugar and peated whisky poured over honeydew melon. Taking this experience back to America, he set about blending sweet bourbon from Lawrenceburg with peaty Islay single malt, with some spicy Rye for good measure!
Nose: Golden syrup, peach, honey, a little rye spice and just a wisp of peat smoke.
Palate: A big hit of rye, cinnamon and sultanas, before we're back in honeyed toffee territory. Peat completes the tail of the palate.
Finish: Sultanas, toffee and lingering peat smoke.
Overall: Global blending is something we're going to see more of, especially if this one's anything to go by. Don't think, either, that due to the name this will be like eating embers, the peat is used sparingly to create a well balanced, and original addition to High West's range.
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Personally, I think like this whiskey tastes like a mistake, if judged against other American whiskies. When you’ve spent several days in the wilderness camping sitting out by the campfire for and you can’t find dry wood to burn. The smoke gets into your clothes, your throat and your pores. And even when you’re home you still stink. That is how I feel about this product. It was expensive so I will drink it out of necessity, but it isn’t an enjoyable spirit. It’s confused. Admittedly I prefer a sweeter profile, but the feeling I get is that the distiller sampled and thought it was going to be an average to sh!tty whiskey and decided to toss in smokey peat, turn on the marketing engine and try to call it something special…”Campfire.” If you ask me, don’t bother. It isn’t worth your money and I could give you a list of a half-dozen American whiskies that are infinitely better.
9th September 2016
I visited a friend during this Christmas break and he offered a taste of High West Campfire Whiskey. I took a swing and as he was putting the bottle away, I asked for another swig. I was hooked after the first swig. I went down to my local Bevmo and they were sold out, but had a bottle coming the next day. I put dibs on it and picked it up this morning. Can't wait for New Years Eve!
30th December 2015
I bought this at the suggestion of a gentleman I trust at my local shop. I an glad I took his advice
14th July 2015
I enjoyed it a lot
9th July 2015
Fantastic stuff! Sweetness, spice and smokiness in the perfect proportions!
18th April 2014
I was a bourbon guy first for a few years trying almost everything available in my market. Then found after many delightful years of "the journey" why IMHO there is no better aged distilled spirit on the planet better that single malt scotch. I have learned to love scotch and peated whiskeys including the likes of laphroig quarter cask, lagavulin, ardbeg, bruichladdich, ardomre, ledaig and many more. I had heard many good things about HIGHWEST distillers but never tried due to the higher price points. My wife bought me a bottle this year for Christmas on the recommendation of the local whiskey salesman and was still a bit skeptical about its value.I was very pleasantly surprised. It is very unique and does a fantastic job of capturing both the sweet vanilla and honey of bourbon. The distinct spicy dryness of a rye. And the long smokey peatyness of a great peated Islay single malt. It is very unique and not in any way overdone or gimicky. The peat is perfectly balanced with the rye and bourbon. This is a blended whiskey that is outside the box for sure, but by all means a conversation piece and very original and refined product. I will purchase again.
26th December 2013