American Whiskey - Bourbon

High West American Prairie Reserve Whiskey Blend of Bourbons Whiskey

From: Utah, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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High West American Prairie Reserve is a whiskey meant to honor the American Prairie Reserve of northeastern Montana, a proposed wildlife reserve of 5,000 square miles. According to the press release, 10% of all proceeds on the whiskey will go to the preserve. The whiskey itself is a blend of a 6yr bourbon and a 10yr bourbon. Alas, we're told this particular bourbon was discontinued due to the unavailability of older bourbons... it was replaced by the America Prairie Bourbon (dropping the "reserve" label).

We had the pleasure of trying the Prairie Reserve at Distill America 2013 and enjoyed it a great deal... it made our list of highlights of the night

The 2013 Wine Enthusiast review (Kara Newman) recommended it specifically for a Manhattan cocktail.

The 2013 Beverage Testing Institute called it a "pleasant sipping whiskey."

High West Distillery is proud of both its small status and its western roots. It is currently restoring a 100 year-old livery stable as its future home and the horseshoes in the logo are meant to honor that tradition. In Utah, they are at an altitude of 7,000 feet in the Rockies. They hope that by enjoying their product the consumer is celebrating their "gumption" at bringing spirits back to Utah.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (50) (2016-08-09)
This blend of Bourbons has changed-Note the second entry of barcodes above which is from my bottle. The picture on the bottle is now an antelope replacing the sage hen. The mix of bourbons has also changed. (more on that in the review) I am going to share blame with High West on the low score. First off I fell victim to a pretty bottle. Secondly I did not read the label. If I would have on the back label, if you were to read all 26 lines it does state the "Straight Bourbons" are at least 2 years old. That's a legal requirement to state the youngest whiskey if under 4 years and labeled as "straight". Also I could have visited their website where they are pretty transparent about their products. Now as to high West's share of blame. What is 2 year old bourbon doing in a premier priced bourbon ?? Could they have not put that information in a more conspicuous place ? Okay, there is a small donation made to a charity from each bottle sold. (after net profit), but that should not somehow offset the quality of the product for the price paid. The whiskey itself has no real depth of nose or flavor and what there is tastes layered and not well melded together. I have produced much better blended bourbon at home. So in summary I should have paid closer attention to what I was buying !
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Review Comments
Proof66 Staff (2016-08-20):
Hi Cranecreek... staff editor here! We checked with High West: you're correct. The formula has changed. This listing is for the American Prairie RESERVE bourbon, which has been discontinued because the older stocks of bourbon weren't consistently available. They released a new label for American Prairie Bourbon (note: no "Reserve"), which has younger stocks. It looks like there's some 13yr bourbon in it but younger, 2yr stock as well. We've created a separate listing for that spirit and updated the notes here. Hope this helps!

Proof66 Staff (2016-08-20):
Hi Cranecreek... staff editor here! We checked with High West: you're correct. The formula has changed. This listing is for the American Prairie RESERVE bourbon, which has been discontinued because the older stocks of bourbon weren't consistently available. They released a new label for American Prairie Bourbon (note: no "Reserve"), which has younger stocks. It looks like there's some 13yr bourbon in it but younger, 2yr stock as well. We've created a separate listing for that spirit and updated the notes here. Hope this helps!

Muncher Muncher (263) (2016-01-31)
A blend of 6 year and 10 year bourbons? The only information I could find on the label indicated this bourbon to be a minimum of 2 years, and it tasted about that young too. The nose had a few bourbon characteristics underneath a blanket of alcohol. The palate had a little rye spice in the mix, but not nearly enough to cover the alcohol edges that were also present. The only thing left on the finish is, again, the alcohol. I don't know what whiskey the previous reviewers were drinking, but I really don't believe it's the same stuff I had. I'm glad I didn't buy a whole bottle (I considered it until I saw the mention of 2 years on the label) because this stuff is an outright ripoff; I deducted one star for the lack of value. Note- I just checked the website and it says this bourbon is a blend of 2, 6, and 13 year bourbons. I would guess the vast majority of the blend is the 2 year, and they probably only add a couple drops of the 13 year simply so they can claim that it's in there.
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Review Comments
Proof66 Staff (2016-02-01):
Sorry you didn't like it! As you can see, our review is about 3 years old now from the Distill America event. It could very well be they changed their formulation since then (we'll check). It's too bad if they did! One of the hardest things in the whiskey world is to keep a consistent product from bottle to bottle. It's a sad casualty if they weren't able to do so with the Prairie Reserve.

Muncher (2016-02-01):
Yeah, I'm really bummed out. I enjoy the Double Rye and the Rendezvous Rye so much that it almost makes me sad that a "distillery" I respect(ed) could cheapen a product as much as they apparently have. I'll have to search and see if I can find one of the old 6/10 year bourbons somewhere.

armando milicevic (2016-05-14):
The American Prairie Reserve blend that this listing is for was discontinued. It was replaced by a younger blend, at a cheaper price point and with a different label, but the same name (only without the Reserve classification), which is where most of the confusion seems to be coming from.

Proof66 Staff (2016-08-20):
Hello Muncher... a quick follow-up note. We just adjusted our database and appears the American Prairie Reserve was discontinued and replaced with American Prairie Bourbon with younger whiskey.

Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-04-06)
This is a very well executed bourbon and hats off to High West for contributing to the Montana Wildlife Reserve for every sale. The aroma is light on the nose and almost acts like a movie trailer - it gives you just enough of a peek behind the curtain to be keenly interested before closing it back up. Once the movie starts however, the flavor profile delivers a 5-star show. Full and rich with a beautiful blend of oak and caramel, but yet still amazingly delicate. Well done and one not to pass up if you get a chance to try it.
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2013-06-08)
We got a chance to try this whiskey at Distill America 2013 in Madison, WI. Despite hearkening to a burly, massive, boundless countryside the whiskey itself is porcelain delicate. It’s a very mild and smooth bourbon that swirls and dances across the tongue for a clean, light-wood finish. We find it one of the most approachable bourbons we’ve tried and absolutely delicious.
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