Review: High West American Prairie Reserve Bourbon
The whiskey just keeps pouring out of Utah’s High West. The company’s latest expression: A blend of straight Bourbons, bottled in honor of the American Prairie Reserve Foundation, which, when complete, will be the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states (it’s 5000 square miles sprawling across Montana).
Two bourbons are blended together to make American Prairie Reserve. They are: Whiskey #1: 6 year old Bourbon distilled and aged at the old Seagrams plant in Lawrenceberg, Indiana. Mashbill from 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley malt. Whiskey #2: 10 year old Bourbon distilled by Four Roses. Mashbill from 60% corn, 35% rye, and 5% barley malt.
This is a very citrus-focused Bourbon, with lots of orange, cherry, and lemon on the nose. Easy drinking with a modest sweetness and a very slippery body, it glides on down without much fuss. Surprisingly little wood is evident here, as the citrus notes dominate the whiskey. Candied nut character comes along in the end, which adds a surprising and welcome balance to this otherwise very juicy whiskey in the finish. There’s even a touch of cocoa powder in there. Give it a bit of time in glass before tucking into it.
92 proof. Batch #1 reviewed.
A- / $51 / highwest.com