High West’s American Prairie Bourbon—named after the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, which the Utah distiller supports—is a blend of sourced, straight bourbons aged between two and 13 years. Of these bourbons, High West is able to disclose the mash bill of two: a 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% barley whiskey from MGP Ingredients in Indiana, and an 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% barley expression from an undisclosed source.
The nose is spicy, woody, and nutty, with prominent notes of cinnamon, leather, candied cashews, and brown sugar.
The whiskey is light, crisp, and above all snappy on the palate, and opens with flavors of brown sugar, cashews, and oak spice. The spice factor is upgraded to cinnamon at the center, and the flavor darkens toward leather and dry tobacco at the back while the spice level steadily increases. The wavelength of snappy yet steadily consistent spice that defines its finish is joined at the very end by dry and gritty brown sugar.
American Prairie Bourbon manages to be remarkably light on the palate but contains a substantial crack of spice and nutty, woody flavor. It may be considered an excellent middle ground between more mellow bourbons and whip-cracking high ryes, so it’s likely to satisfy those who favor a high-rye bourbon without scaring off drinkers used to softer, wheated expressions. Best of all, it’s offered at an excellent price.
— 46% ABV