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High West Campfire Whiskey

(75cl, 46%)

High West Campfire Whiskey

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High West Campfire Bottling Note

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!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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High West Campfire Whiskey Reviews

a big meh

#1 headache makes me question the distillation.
tastes like you were lucky enough to only steal from 3 different types of whiskey (from your parents cabinet) when you went to the dance. Not totally in a bad way but its a bit like a TV VCR combo, neither the scotch nor the bourbon is all that good and one wonders why they are together.

9th November 2019

Ok...at best

I have no idea where you came up with "peach"... The heavy peaty Smokey nose is overwhelming... If you are a scotch drinker, specifically from highlands, stay away from this whisky... The only way I could drink it is by mixing it with water and ice then let it sit for 10-15 minutes, to evaporate the peaty smell

24th September 2019

Initial good taste, but left unimpressed.

The smell makes you think it's something special. The initial taste is good, not great, but good. The second half of the taste then drifts into something that left me unimpressed and not wanting more. The blend is just not a blend I'd pick.

3rd August 2019

Great for sipping

Excellent blend of American whiskey and peated Scotch whisky. Superior taste and just enough Peat

17th July 2019

Awful taste, awful smell, just nasty

I've been drinking bourbon for 20 years and have tried them all, also dabbled in Rye's and dabbled in Scotch. This is my first time trying this drink and I really had high hopes because of the great name and the great look of the bottle, but to be perfectly honest this drink is disgusting. I'm forcing myself to try to finish a little taste and I'll probably throw it away. Everyone at my table agrees, it smells and tastes like the stench of wet burnt campfire, the kind that lingers on your skin and your clothes and in your nose the morning after campfire that you can't get rid of. Sorry, its just awful.

18th February 2019

I really enjoyed it

I loved the smooth and sweet taste of this whiskey. Really easy to drink and nicely balanced.

Good stuff!

23rd November 2018

Unique, worth looking for

Above tasting notes are spot on, except for peach on nose. Each sip offers something new, smoke is very light so don’t panic. Great way to introduce scotch to the bourbon crowd or vice verse. Note: tried it neat-too much spice for me, progressed to a couple cubes and a splash of water and it went very smooth/mellow which gave it an aged taste I wasn’t expecting ( always good) Not an everyday, but a damn fine sipper, looking forward trying with a cigar/pipe

11th October 2017

A peated whiskey

First off, know what you're drinking!

This is a lightly peated American whiskey . If you've never had a scotch from islay , then this will be quite a surprise. Peat is unique and has to be done well. Fortunately it is done well. Although for the normal price point, you can get a better islay scotch. I lucked out and got a bottle for 30 dollars, totally worth it. It's a sipping whiskey and over a few blocks of ice, very enjoyable.

20th April 2017

You can love the backstory, but...

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

Hooked after one taste

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

This product is quite enjoyable

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

This product is quite good

I enjoyed it a lot

9th July 2015

Perfect

Fantastic stuff! Sweetness, spice and smokiness in the perfect proportions!

18th April 2014

pleasantly surprised on Christmas

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

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