High West Campfire is the world's finest blend of scotch, bourbon, and rye whiskeys. A very unusual, distinctive, yet delicious whiskey.
Nose - I found this on the High West website: "Floral, fruity, bright and spicy, caramel, butterscotch, Light smoke and smoldering wood from a campfire the morning after, jasmine, chai tea, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, pine resin and toasted bread."
That is a WHOLE LOT going on in a glass! I got the smoky notes from the scotch that could draw in on the smoldering campfire wood. I even got a bit of caramel and spice....but the rest, wow...I gotta be honest, my sniffer is not well versed on sandalwood, jasmine, and chai tea. I swear, some of these reviewers remind me of Paul Giamatti during the wine tasting scene on the movie Sideways:
Miles Raymond: "Now, stick your nose in it. Don't be shy, really get your nose in there. Mmm...a little citrus....maybe some strawberry....passion fruit...and, oh, there's just like the faintest soupçon of like asparagus and just a flutter of a, like a, nutty Edam cheese."
Jack: "Wow. Strawberries, yeah! Strawberries. Not the cheese."
Rub - A loaf of bread....the smoke goes away and the yeast appears. I almost pick up a bit of farm barn smell. It is nice.
Taste - Zero burn on the lips and a slight touch on the tongue. Throat warms up a bit and the finish is that of a light smoky scotch. I'm not a huge scotch fan, but this isn't bad. The smoke isn't overpowering and doesn't linger long enough to turn me off.
Is it worth the $?
I paid $62 for this and will likely pay whatever is on the sticker to ensure I get 1 of every High West products in my cabinet. I wouldn't buy a second just because it is still tiptoeing away from bourbon and into the scotch world.