What’s better than a secluded campsite, a campfire and roasting marshmallows? A secluded campsite, a campfire, roasting marshmallows and whiskey. But not just any whiskey or bourbon will do. You’ve been out enjoying nature all day, escaping the trappings of everyday urban life. You deserve something a little more premium than Fireball (no judgment here), something that compliments the smells and experience of unwinding next to the campfire under the stars. Sure a heavily peated Scotch whiskey would do the trick, but campers of today are less Teddy Roosevelt at the Explorers Club and more #vanlife millennials. For that, an American-distilled, and in some cases smoked, spirit is in order. These four whiskeys are worthy of the valuable space in your flask, or on your bar cart.
Balcones Brimstone is distilled in Waco, TX and lives up to its namesake. It’s smoked with Texas scrub oak using the distiller’s “secret process,” and according to Balcones, offers flavors of “candied oak smoke, English pipe tobacco, butter, orange marmalade, fruit cocktail, sweet tea and chili peppers.” Others have noted a distinct taste of barbeque. Brimstone was notably honored with the Liquid Gold in 2014 by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
High West Campfire
Coalville, Utah-based High West Distillery is known for crafting blended whiskeys that bring interesting flavor profiles to the table, and the brand’s Campfire whiskey is no exception. The blend starts with a straight rye whiskey, which is then layered with a 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt bourbon and finished off with a peated scotch whiskey to add the smokey characteristic. The spirit is then aged in new American charred oak barrels as well as second use bourbon barrels. Legendary whiskey critic Jim Murray gives Campfire a well-deserved 93 points.
Corsair Triple Smoke
Corsair’s Triple Smoke was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and rightly so. The spirit is made from malts smoked with three separate types of fuel (cherry wood, beechwood and peat) that are then combined in the distilling process. The result is a whiskey that’s more balanced than one would expect, that retains the sweetness and mellow character of a bourbon.
Stanley Classic Flask
When it comes to outdoor-appropriate flasks, one brand is by far the most tried, tested and classic: Stanley. Stanley’s history dates back to the early 1900s. Today, the brand has become somewhat of an icon, even going so far as to release a collaboration with streetwear giant Supreme. The Classic Flask is bare bones, but won’t let you down.
GSI Outdoors Boulder Flask
If you’re looking for something beyond the classic, GSI’s Boulder Flask is the most innovative outdoor flask to hit the market since vacuum insulation. It features a copolyester construction that is completely transparent, allowing you to see exactly how much whiskey is left to share (or not).
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