Review #128. High West American Prairie

Review #128 | /r/Bourbon Review #68 – High West American Prairie

The Schtick: HWAP is a really interesting dram. The brainchild of our friends in Utah, AP is a cornucopia of 9yr+ whiskeys:

  • 9yo, 21% Rye 4% Barley from Indiana
  • 10yo, 5% barley, Rye from MGP
  • 16yo, 5% barley, Rye from MGP
  • 16yo, 10% corn 10% barley, Rye from Barton.

We don’t know what proportions exist here, but this alone can give us an interesting glimpse at what’s going on in the bottle.


Distiller: Various

Bottler: High West

ABV: 46% ABV

Age: NAS (9+ Years)

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Light sawdust followed by spicy vanilla and molasses. There’s a good deal of rye spice here with some very faint dill.

Taste: To me, HW Rye’s always shine with this odd metallic note. It’s metallic, spicy and hot. There’s a good deal of molasses and leather bite to follow but then astringency kicks in the door. Dill follows although more muted than I would expect. Perhaps this is a clue into the proportion of MGP vs other ingredients. It’s a bit astringent and all over the place.

Finish: Short to medium, there’s a lot of vanilla and ethanol burn. Astringent metal comes back with a hint of dill.

Overall: I enjoy a wide variety of HW products but this bottle is just all over the place. There’s odd metallic notes, it’s hotter than I’d like it to be for only 92pf, and it just didn’t leave me with a great impression. This won’t dissuade me from trying more HW but I think I can conclude that this one just isn’t really for me.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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