High West Whiskey American Prairie Bourbon
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1 The High West American Prairie bourbon has a beautiful copper color with powerful aromas of Raisin Bran cereal, sweet corn, and a touch of cherry. On the front of the palate, the bourbon has a subtle sweetness with caramelized sugar and caramel but is quickly mellowed by tart, fruitier characteristics like cherry Twizzlers and black cherries. On the mid palate the whiskey begins to find its finesse with baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. This gives way to more woody characteristics of cherry wood sawdust, and a very subtly smoked wood barrel. The finish leaves you with a little rye, and a hint of leather bootstrap on the breath that makes me feel like I just finished building the little house on the prairie. Really great stuff that is carefully crafted, complex, and a lot of fun from the first sniff to the last sip. Cheers!
Silver Medal – Bourbon – High Rye – Whiskeys of the World 2015
Double Gold Medal – Fifty Best 2015
92 Points – The Tasting Panel
Distillery – High West Distillery
Selection – High West Whiskey
Master Distiller – David Perkins
Region – Park City,Utah, America
Spirit – Premium Blended Bourbon Whiskey
Blend – Whiskey #1: 2-year-old bourbon (MGP Seagrams, Indiana): 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley malt
Whiskey #2: 6-year-old bourbon from Kentucky (cannot disclose source)
Whiskey #3: 13-year-old bourbon from Kentucky (cannot disclose source)
Oak – New charred quercus alba (white American oak)
Alcohol – 92 proof, 46% ABV
From the Distillery
High West Distillery is passionate about the American West’s natural beauty. That’s why we want to raise awareness of one of the most fantastic projects of our time: the American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. This is an amazing effort to assemble the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states.
When stepping onto the plains of American Prairie Reserve, it’s easy to imagine the landscape as Lewis and Clark and Native Americans saw it, with thundering herds of bison, racing bands of pronghorn antelope and prairie dog towns dotting the horizon. When complete, the Reserve will be approximately 5,000 square miles; larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Teton National Parks combined. Go to americanprairie.org to learn how to visit and support this worthy cause.
Capable of running at speeds up to 55 miles per hour, the pronghorn Antelope is North America’s fastest land mammal and performs the continent’s second longest land migration of more than 500 miles. Because of their love of travel, pronghorn require large areas of open and intact grasslands. Moreover, pronghorn populations have decreased 98% since the 1800’s due to habitat destruction.
American Prairie Reserve helps pronghorn through its ongoing fence removal efforts and by conserving wildlife corridors. Our American Prairie is a carefully crafted blend of straight bourbons at least 2 years old, (sourced whiskeys, see highwest.com for details) making a great sipper and thoughtful person’s whiskey. High West pledges to donate 10% of our after tax profits from the sale of this bottle to the American Prairie Reserve. Be thoughtful and help us protect and preserve America’s natural resources.