Relatively new to their portfolio, High West Distillery recently shared release news on High Country Single Malt, the first in a line of High Country bottlings to be finished in part in Oloroso sherry barrels, with no peated malt in the blend.
High Country is made from 100-percent High West distillate and produced high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, where the whiskey is unfiltered and distilled on the grain, meaning they leave the grain in during fermentation and distillation, instead of filtering it out. The American single malt whiskey comes in at 88 proof and has a suggested retail price of $79.99.
The distiller’s notes show that on the nose, High Country has aromas of baked apple, honey drizzled over fresh fig, lavender graham cracker, overnight oat groats with peaches and cream, dried white daisies, cinnamon stick, and tobacco.
It features flavors of banana bread with vanilla glaze, warm granola with dried fruit, frangipane tart, charred lemon peel, lemon pound cake with crushed golden raspberries served on a cedar plank.
It finishes with raw honey, toasted almond, marzipan and baking spice.