High West Campfire

High West Campfire Whiskey
Batch No. 6, Bottle No. 2576

46% ABV
$65
Website
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What the Blender Says:
How to Enjoy:
Neat, on ice or even great in cocktails.

The Name:
One morning at the Bruichladdich distillery B&B, my wife and I smelled peat in the air – the great ladies that made our meals were simmering a bottle of peated whiskey and sugar! Later that night, they brought out dessert of ripe honeydew drizzled with the peated syrup. That was the most unusual, delicious and memorable ending to a dinner I’ve ever had. The combination of melon and sweet smoke really worked – so (naturally…) I thought why not mix sweet bourbon and peat? The main flavor (or melody) is sweet honey from a ripe bourbon. The enhancing flavor (or harmony) is floral fruity spice from a mature rye whiskey. The accent (Satchmo’s gravelly voice!) is smoke from a peated scotch whisky. The proportions? Top secret.

Back Label Story:
I was going to write something cheesy about cowboys, campfires, and whiskey but I figured you might be more interested in how CAMPFIRE WHISKEY® came to be. One morning at the Bruichladdich distillery B&B, my wife and I smelled peat in the air – the great ladies that made our meals were simmering a bottle of peated whiskey and sugar! Later that night, they brought out dessert of ripe honeydew drizzled with the peated syrup. That was the most unusual, delicious and memorable ending to a dinner I’ve ever had. The combination of melon and sweet smoke really worked – so (naturally…) I thought why not mix sweet bourbon and peat? Worked for me! The main flavor (or melody) is sweet honey from a ripe bourbon. The enhancing flavor (or harmony) is floral fruity spice from a mature rye whiskey. The accent (Satchmo’s gravelly voice!) is the smoke from a peated scotch whisky. The proportions? Top secret. So…as the sun sinks low and the cold settles in, grab a bottle of CAMPFIRE WHISKEY and gather round a blazing fire to warm up, wind down your day, share stories, and deepen friendships. One taste of this sweet, spicy and, yes…smoky whiskey, you’ll know how it got its name. We like to enjoy CAMPFIRE WHISKEY® with s’mores…or good-looking strangers. If you find yourself in Old Town Park City, you ought to come visit the High West Distillery and Saloon and get a taste of our Western hospitality and our crowd-pleasing victuals.

David Perkins

Technical Details

Sweet: A straight bourbon whiskey from:
•75 percent corn
•21 percent rye
•4 percent barley malt (Source: from the old Seagrams plant, then called LDI now MGP)

Spicy and floral: A straight rye whiskey from:
•95 percent rye
•5 percent barley malt (Source: from the old Seagrams plant, then called LDI now MGP)

Smoky: A blended malt Scotch whiskey: made of 100-percent barley malt that has been peated (Source: We can’t say, but we can say it is not from Islay!)
•Age of the whiskies: all are 5 years or older
•Proportions of the component whiskies? Top secret!

Sensory Notes:

Nose: Floral, fruity, bright and spicy. Caramel and butterscotch. Light smoke and smoldering wood from a campfire the morning after. Jasmine, chai tea, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, pine resin and toasted bread.

Taste: vanilla, honey, toffee with some nice fruit, blueberries and black cherries. Chai spices – nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zest. Salty caramels. Tobacco. Gentle smoke!

Finish – Long, sweet, spicy, and smoky!

What Richard Says:
Nose: The rye jumps out on the nose with a light handed smoky back note that wisps in.
Palate: Rich vanilla cream, toffee crisp, black tea, wintermints, cracked black pepper and cinnamon dolce lattes.
Finish: Black pepper and slightly medicinal. Fading notes of oiled leather and old tobacco.
Comments: When I first read about this frankenwhiskey I thought it would be some experimental thing that would really suck. Tasting it I find it very interesting, pleasant and highly drinkable. It’s definitely a mood kind of whiskey but tasty and well put together.
Rating: Stands Out

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old

Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21 Years old
Cask Selection 32

40% ABV
$200
Website
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What the Distillery Says:
We use casks that once contained premium Caribbean rum to finish our 21 Year Old expression. It’s the details that matter. This expression spends four months finishing in Gran Reserva barrels selected by our Malt Master, adding to its distinctive and complex flavour.

Experience an intense and vanilla sweet aroma, floral with hints of banana, followed by a soft, lively taste with lime, ginger and spice and a complex and exceptionally long ending.

Our rum finish releases layers of intensity and sets this 21 Year Old apart from other whiskies.

What Richard Says:
Nose: Vanilla wafers, toffee, a grassy floral note, cedar lined humidors, almonds and a little nutmeg.
Palate: A little thin and underwhelming but there are some nice redeeming notes of cocoa powder and fruit.
Finish: Dry and rather short.
Comments: The change on this some years back to non-Cuban rum casks was not for the better. This is a pleasing enough dram but there isn’t anything exciting about it. It would benefit greatly from a lack of chill filtering and 3 to 6 more points of proof.
Rating: Average

Event Notice: Isle of Mull Tasting at Mac McGee

Isle of Mull Tasting

Tuesday, April 14th @ 7:30 p.m.

Tonight the lovely Haley Cognata will be hosting and guiding us through some delicious unchillfiltered whiskies from the Isle of Mull.
We will have the pleasure of tasting:

Black Bottle
Tobermory 10yr Old
Tobermory 15yr Old
Ledaig 10yr Old

All for $38.
Please RSVP at macmcgees@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!

Slainte, Mac McGee

Crown Royal Single Barrel

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel Canadian Whisky
Private store selection from Spec’s in Texas
51.5% ABV
$55
Website
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What the Distillery Says:
Oddly enough, there is nothing out there from Crown Royal about this release. Initially there were 519 barrels of this Coffey still made rye that were offered to retailers Texas. No word on when this will roll out further. Davin de Kergommeux seems to have the inside track on all things Canadian whisky and here is his insight over at Whisky Advocate.

What Gary Says:
Nose: Alcohol initially, but opens up nicely after a bit – some nice floral notes with hints of coconut macaroons, and macadamia nuts
Palate: Sharper entry, with a light mouthfeel; praline sweetness swirling in pepper spice
Finish: Short, but left me wanting another (so not short in a bad way)
Comments: I was really excited about getting a bottle of this from Texas, and look forward to expanded distribution. The first single barrel Canadian whiskey I had ever tried, and I won’t lie – I was skeptical that I might not like it (as I’m not a huge fan of Crown Royal). While you can sense some familiarity, it seems like a distant cousin – and I find it preferable. The nose is very unique – sweet but not like Crown (or anything else that comes to mind). They’re proud of it, but for being a unique item, I don’t think the price is outrageous. Kudos to Crown for stepping out and taking a chance with this; I’d love to see more of the component whiskies of blends like Crown Royal offered individually.
Rating: Must Try

What Richard Says:
Nose: Sweet floral almost perfume like on first nose.
Palate: Incredibly rich and sweet. Praline pecans on top of vanilla creme brulee, kiwi, pineapple, and Werther’s Originals.
Finish: It finished more like a spicy, pepper, cinnamon and mint rye.
Comments: Any long-time reader of Whisk(e)y Apostle will know I’m not a Crown Royal fan. It’s just one of those brands that never did it for me and there are also scars from under-aged drinking involved too. But damn this is good! A note of warning: this is a really sweet whiskey. It almost borders on sugar added sweet. If you have a sweet tooth like me it’s great. If that isn’t your thing then be warned. If this only fell below the $50 I would put it on the must buy list.
Rating: Must Try