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High West’s High Country American Single Malt Returns

Utah’s High West Distillery recently said it is bringing back one of its favorites, High Country American Single Malt, for a winter release.

A statement from High West explains that this expression is their contribution to the evolving category of American Single Malt Whiskey.

High Country is aged 2-8 years, is unfiltered, and is 100% copper-pot distilled and blended at the distillery high up in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

High West High Country 2022
Utah’s High West Distillery recently said it is bringing back one of its favorites, High Country American Single Malt, for a winter release. (image via High West)

High West looked to pay homage to the famed single malt whiskies of Scotland, and craft a unique version of an American single malt.

According to the whiskey makers, the aim was for a robust, flavor-forward profile more typical of American whiskeys.

Their High West style, High Country American Single Malt is distilled “on-the-grain,” meaning they leave the grain in during fermentation and distillation, instead of filtering it out.

In the tradition of American and Scottish whiskey making, High West uses both freshly-charred and second-use oak barrels during the maturation stage. These techniques produce a whiskey with a more distinctive American quality with a heavier mouthfeel, roasted malt character, and balanced complexity.

High Country American Single Malt distiller’s notes:

  • Price: $79.99.
  • ABV: 44%, 88 proof.
  • Nose: Fig jam on toast points, whole grain waffles with honey drizzle, cracked walnut shells, dried wildflowers, cedar.
  • Taste: Honeyed cereal, crème caramel custard, almond macaroons, toasted biscuits with herbal jelly, subtle banana taffy.
  • Mash bill: 100% base malt; Tri-Malt: 85% base malt, 14% caramel 60 malt, 1% chocolate malt.

High West is located in Old Town Park City and is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870 and the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery.

For more information or to find a bottle, check out www.highwest.com.

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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