High West American Prairie
Distillery: Four Roses. Lawrenceburg, KY
Age: 6 YR
Nose: When first popping the cork it’s a bit bitty with strange notes of iodine, but if you let this guy breathe some great things start to emerge. Things like dark fruit leather, overripe strawberries, hints of anise, vanilla custard, toasted marshmallow, spice and wood. Add a splash of water and the caramel starts to bellow and that traditional spicy bourbon nose really kicks up.
Palate: It has a fantastic peppery pop to it that blends well with the bourbon spice and cinnamon notes that hit up front and the in the back. After that initial pepper pop there are nice notes of strawberry jam, and not that over sugared garbage you get at the store, but more like the all natural stuff you get at the farmers market. Rounding out the taste are notes of dark cherries and a grainy rye like flavor. Add some water and fantastic roasted corn emerges. With or without water there is a nice light oak flavor that ties the whole thing together in a nice neat package for your palate.
Color: Dark Caramel
Notes: I just freaking love this whiskey. It’s complex enough you could sit back and take your time with it, but also bold and flavorful enough to be a daily dram for while you’re doing stuff around the house, watching TV or reading your favorite blog… what ever that might be. Warm, spicy, sweet and savory it’s tasty as can be without being overbearing. Nicely done High West… nicely done.