Toast of Harwich: Whiskey Tasting

Just in Case You Thought the Toast of Harwich was for Wine aficionados only, you are mistaken!

This year, the annual Toast of Harwich will be pouring High West Whiskey.

High West Whiskey is made in a distillery in Utah. This bourbon is excellent. high-west-american-prairie

These three whiskey bourbons are featured tastings at the Toast courtesy of Horizon Beverages:

– The American Prairie Bourbon
– High West’s Campfire Whiskey
– Rendezvous Rye

The names are not only cheesy and American, they have significance.

For instance, the American Prairie Bourbon™ donates 10% of the proceeds to the Prairie Reservation in Montana!

Nose: Light caramel and sweet vanilla
Taste: Rich and earthy on the palate with well balanced flavors of candy corn, honey nougat and sweet corn bread biscuits
Finish: Vanilla with a hint of caramel apple

Cranberry Liquors offers High West American Prairie Bourbon $31.99

The Rendezvous Rye is named after a annual “pelt-trade” from the mid-1800’s.
From High West’s Website:

Our flagship whiskey commemorates the first recorded whiskey-fest out West. From 1825 to 1840, the “rendezvous” was the annual summer gathering of mountain men to exchange pelts for supplies. Alcohol was not one of the “supplies” at the first rendezvous. This oversight was QUICKLY corrected with a generous supply of whiskey at the second rendezvous in Utah’s Cache Valley. 

The Rendezvous Rye, for instance, is hot. As in spicy. Traditionally made with two rye mashes, these whiskey bourbons are not typical. They’re old school.

The Rendezvous Rye is a (top secret) blend of straight rye whiskies.

Cranberry Liquors sells the Rendezvous Double Rye Whisky for $38.99.



The High West Campfire Whiskey is another top secret blend. “A blend of bourbon, rye, and peated scotch whisky, ranging in age from 5-8 years old.” At 46%, or 92 proof, it is possibly the most dangerous and/or flammable.

The Campfire whiskey is also the most expensive at $61.99 (keep this in mind while tasting at the Wequassett Resort.) 😉

Perhaps most excitingly, these bourbon whiskeys are all 91-94 point award winners, from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate to Jim Murray’s or Whiskey Advocate. It’s super impressive to see so many awards from one outstanding company.

As mentioned previously, these three whiskeys will be available at this year’s Toast Of Harwich, this Saturday, April 28th.

To Read more about High West Bourbon Whiskeys and their proprietary, contractually undisclosed blends, click here.

Pro-tip: If you have no idea what to buy for bourbon, go for the one with the handwritten batch numbers (see bourbon to the right.)

Finally, if you are wondering where Joe will be this toast, I’ll give you three guesses (and the first two don’t count.)


There are still tickets left if you need to buy them. Click here to be lead to the Chamber of Commerce.

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