Park City distillery High West, founded in 1870, is expanding its offerings in 2020 with its first-ever single malt whiskey.
A uniquely American version of Scotland's single malt offerings, each bottle of High Country American Single Malt, as it's being called, is produced “on-the-grain,” which is an industry term that means the grain is left in during fermentation and distillation. This process helps it deliver a heavier mouthfeel along with a unique roasted malt character.
Its sensory notes kick off with bananas foster, toasted coconut, chocolate chip ice cream, and raisin bread on the nose, followed by tastes of smoked pear, sea salt, lemon rind, and honey over banked apples. Its finish delivers a satisfying mix of honeycomb, charred marshmallow, and cocoa nibs.
Unfortunately, it's only available in Utah as of this writing, but a national release with a $79 suggested retail price is planned for later this year. Bottled at 88 proof, the distillery suggests sipping neat or with a few drops of water, and we concur.