To unearth its secrets and unlock its magic, listen close to what the whiskey whispers in your ear. Only a true master distiller of the brown nectar can really hear though. I think David Perkins can.
Perkins, the proprietor of High West, has been slinging damn fine hooch for a decade. Get your lips around some of the most beautiful whiskey blends on the market. Sipping perfection lies at the heart of Son of Bourye, a marriage of rye and bourbon. Or wrangle up something refined with Campfire, which blends smokey Scotch with spicy rye and smooth bourbon.
The "Whiskey Whisperer" opened the first distillery in Utah since the 1870s. But he's always intuited that he was fated to make the brown drink. Perkins has a background in biochemistry, developed a love of bourbon from his Southern heritage, and is an avid cook, which all meld together beautifully for this venture—like a nice High West blend.
Thanks to Perkins, the craft of small-batch distilling is alive and well in the Mountain West.
Learn more about High West Distillery & Saloon.
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