High West Campfire Blended Whiskey is rather unusual, distinctive blend of Bourbon, Rye and Scotch whiskies. With peated Scotch whisky in the blend, this offers a delightful smoky note, reminiscent of campfires. Inspired by David Perkins trip to visit to try the peat whiskies at Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay in Scotland.
The High West Distillery was founded in 2006 by David Perkins. It is located in Old Town Park City, Utah and was the first legal distillery in Utah since 1870. The original High West Distillery & Saloon is located at an altitude of 7000 feet and is billed as the world’s only “Ski-in Gastro-distillery.”
Founder David Perkins was a originally a biochemist and, after a trip to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, had noted the similarities between fermentation and distilling and his job in biochemistry. With this in mind David relocated his family to Utah, in part because of his love of the old west and partly to pay homage to Utah’s little known whiskey heritage. The first spirit was distilled in 2007 using a small 250 gallon pot still at the saloon. In 2016 founder David Perkins sold the High West Distillery to Constellation Brands where it joins other prestigious spirits brands including Casa Noble Tequila and The Real McCoy Rum.
Today the company has four sites including a new distillery in Wanship, Utah with a 1600 gallon copper pot still and visitor’s centre. There is capacity for another 3 stills at the site. As well as a range of whiskies, High West also produces 7000 Vodka and limited edition and seasonal products. The annual production is now around 70,000 cases of whiskey per year. As well as producing their own spirit High West have always used some whisky from other producers. A key supplier is the MGP Distillery (ex-Seagram’s) in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and they also use a Scotch Blended Malt Whisky in Campfire, for example.
As usual, the blend is a secret, but it is a blend of Bourbon, Rye and Scotch Whiskies comprising the following:
- Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye and 5% barley malt mashbill from MGP
- 80% Rye, 20% malted rye from High West Distillery
- Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt from MGP
- Blended Malt Scotch Whisky from an undisclosed source (due to contractual reasons)
The whiskey is aged in new, charred American oak casks and second fill Bourbon barrels. Bottled non chill filtered at 46% ABV (92 Proof).