High West, founded by David Perkins in 2007, is the first legal distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. The company produces bourbon and rye whiskeys sourcing juice from MGP Indiana and various distilleries in Kentucky.
Campfire whiskey however doesn’t fall into any of the mentioned categories. It was inspired by a trip to Bruichladdich Distillery, where Perkins and his wife were served a dish of melon drizzled with syrup made from sugar and peated Scotch. Enthused by the combination of sweetness and smoke they created a formula, which includes straight bourbon, straight rye and peated Scotch. Bourbon and rye come from MGP Indiana, while Scotch is a blended malt “sourced outside of Islay”. All components were aged for a minimum of five years.
Nose: very rich and mildly smoky, caramel, candied fruits, golden syrup, honey, raisins, hints of rye spice and charred oak.
Palate: pretty complex, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, orange peel, pepper, dash of cinnamon, hints of leather and distant whiff of smoke.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, pepper and lingering peat smoke.