High West Campfire (Discontinued)
Blended American Whiskey — (bottled in Utah), Multiple Countries
Reviewed June 29, 2021 (edited July 28, 2021)
Nose: Honey, lemon, smoke. Much less intense than I recall. Lemon oil and lime oil expressed on apricots. Slight wet cardboard, but not in a tails-y way. Leather and tobacco. Smoked paprika, black pepper, nutmeg - classic rye spices in the background. Palate: Vanilla, honey, toasted cereal grains. Anise, pepper, leather, dark chocolate. Almonds. Nutmeg and clove. The palate seems very densely packed, so-to-speak. There's a little banana, strawberry, and lemon going on. Watered down apple juice. This comes across as on the brighter side, missing some heft. Medium mouthfeel, hitting mostly on the back. Finish: Star anise, black pepper, smoke, ash, green apple. Bananas and mangoes come in. A little oak and tannin also show up, along with some mint and other fresh herbs. Medium length, with decent oil content. Other notes: This is a unique ride. It doesn't fit squarely in any particular category, and the sum here winds up being different without being weird. It's definitely not something I would reach for regularly, and the one bottle I've got will definitely last for quite a while. Easy recommend for a purchase, though maybe not a re-buy. Just something a little out of the ordinary.