One day, just for fun, we put some rye whiskey into barrels originally used to age wine. When we mixed the ‘vermouth-ed’ and the ‘syrah-ed’ we discovered an all-natural, not disgustingly sweet whiskey for the rest of us.
First off, a shout out to my esteemed colleague, friend, and damn fine American, Jeff G., for hauling in this bottle for me while helping his son move from Utah to France. He was able to make a trip to H.W. Distillery and shuttle a bottle back to Maryland for our website review, where I quickly undercut Droopy from getting his greedy little dick beaters on it! Thanks Jeff and fuck off Droopy! Hahahahaha.
So I pointed out on previous reviews of High West brands how delighted I was of their product line and that they were aggressively challenging Buffalo Trace as my favorite distillery. That was until the distillers recently climbed up an extension ladder and took a giant heaping dump on my head with the release of Campfire! I am really hoping Yippee Ki-Yay is the cleanup crew, offering a healthy dose of delicious redemption. This bottle is a blend of straight rye whiskeys aged from 2 to 16 years: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP; 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley from Barton; and 80% Rye, 20% malted rye from High West Distillery. Here goes!
Nose - Very smooth, subtle chocolate aroma with little to no fumes. Second sniff I get a light citrus (maybe even lime-like)…unique and refreshing. Maybe that’s the “star anise” the website references in there review. Okay, what the flying monkey fuck is star anise!?! Let’s take a gander…according to Wikipedia it is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. I’m glad the reviewer is so widely traveled to be able to detect this! *cough* *cough* *BULLSHIT!* How easily I am sidetracked. Regardless of the tom foolery written on their website, the smell is pretty fantastic.
Rub - Barn and yeast….LIKE EVERY OTHER RUB I DO! I’m done using you as a review technique, rub! You’re a real rube, rub!
Taste - I’m nervous it is gonna be shitty….I NEED it to be good. NEED, I SAY! First sip, hardly any burn on the lips, held on the tongue and not much heat. Following the swallow, it is a damn fine finish and a light heat appears on the tongue and lingers to keep the flavor dancing around. Second sip, I get the citrus undertone like I picked up on the nose along with a light cinnamon and then the cherry the website points out on the review. Holy shit, this is damn good. Thank you High West for TOTALLY REDEEMING YOURSELF!!
Is it worth the $?
I got this for $80 and would definitely pay that to keep it in my collection. To those on the fence, I say to you: “YIPEE KI-YAY MOTHERFUCKER!”