The High West American Prairie Bourbon whiskey is a complex blend of straight Bourbon whiskeys bottled by the High West Distillery in Park City, Utah. The American Prairie carries no-age-statement, although the company states it is a blend of whiskeys aged between two to thirteen years.
The whiskey has been named after the American Prairie Reserve, an organization in Montana that is working towards creating the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states of the United States. High West Distillery donates 10% of its profits from the sale of each bottle to the American Prairie Foundation.
After visiting the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky in 2001, former biochemist David Perkins founded the High West Distillery in 2006 along with his wife Jane. At the age of 40, David left behind a successful career as a chemist, moving from Silicon Valley, California to Park City, Utah in 2004.
Perkins also left behind his wife Jane, beginning his distilling operations as many as three years later in 2007. This made the High West Distillery Utah’s first legal distillery since the abolishment of the US Prohibition Act, which led to shutdown of the last known legal still in Utah in1870.
In 2009, the High West Saloon was opened in Park City followed by the High West Distillery Blue Sky Ranch in 2015. Like many other small distilleries, the High West distilleries, High West blends and bottles whiskeys from other distillers
The High West American Prairie Bourbon is a blend of three different whiskeys, the ratios and sources of which are kept as trade secrets. What is known though is that the first whiskey is a two year old straight Bourbon from MGP, Indiana and the other two are six year old and 13 year old straight Bourbons from Kentucky.
One of these Bourbons is created from a mash bill of corn, rye, and barley, and one from corn, rye, and malted barley. All of these Bourbons are said to be aged in dark-char American white oak casks. The whiskey is not chill filtered or carbon treated, to preserve its natural characteristics.
The High West American Prairie Bourbon contains 46% ABV (92 US Proof), which is slightly higher than the standard permissible limit for Bourbons.
Silver outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2018.
Silver at Whiskeys of the World in 2015.
Sweet vanilla and light caramel with a slightly fruity touch.
Rich and fruity. Spicy pepper notes balanced with sweet honey nougat.
Lingering sweetness fading down to a spicy aftertaste.