Our High West Silver Bourbon Whiskey Is Classified As A “Light Whiskey” By The TTB, Meaning It Was Distilled At Greater Than 160 Proof And Less Than 190 Proof; We Cut The “Tails” Of This Whiskey At 176 Proof When The Fusel Oils Begin To Show Up. Fusel Oils Can Taste Like Band-Aids And We Figured You’d Appreciate Us Taking That Out! We Also “Proof” The Whiskey Down With Our High Mineral Content Water – Mainly Because It Tastes Pretty Good.
All Spirits Are Born Clear And Turn Brown After Aging In High West Silver Bourbon. High West SILVER™; Spent All Of 5 Minutes In A Barrel To Minimize The Barrel’s Influence On The Taste Of The Native Spirit. We Call Ours SILVER™; Because We Distill It In Old Town Park City, One Of The West’s Richest Silver Mining Towns. High West SILVER™ Is A Lot Smoother And More Elegant Than Other “White” Whiskeys. Often Called Moonshine, Because We Use The Best Ingredients And Exact Science To Distill The Elegance From The Grain And Separate Those Awful Flavors You Can Get In Other White Whiskies.
While not deep, the nose is inviting. If you’re a vanilla fan, you’re in for a treat as the nose is predominantly made up of heavy doses of vanilla. Lightly layered under the vanilla are traces of sweet caramel and touches of honey; all of which are trailed by a clear ethanol undertone. The ethanol doesn’t take away from the nose by any means, but it also makes its presence known with each deep inhale I take.
The nose set me up for a palate I wasn’t ready for. Instead, I’m blown away by what greets me. A lush palate full of light chocolate, berries, sweet frozen grapes, and honey are all entwined by rich vanilla. It sounds like a weird combination, but all of the sweet flavors play nicely together and form a delicious palate overall.
The vanilla continues to shine through the finish and is the predominant trait once again. I’m also greeted with ever so faint hints of caramel and oak and the fleeing ghosts of sugary fruits found in the palate. The finish lingers for a while with an enjoyable vanilla flavor that slowly fades away well after I take a sip, yet it doesn’t hold a candle to the palate that preceded it.