8 whiskeys for sipping around the campfire

Gone are the warm summer nights where you have to walk away from the campfire while your food is cooking.

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Curling up to the campfire with a tin cup of whiskey speaks to our ideal fall evening. It provides great warmth, and there is just something about sipping whiskey in the dark around a campfire.

With whiskey sipping season upon us, here are 8 whiskeys perfect to pair with your next campfire.

Warm up next to the campfire with some whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Wright/Unsplash
Warm up next to the campfire with some whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Wright/Unsplash

1. Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon. Photo: Courtesy of Bulleit
Bulleit Bourbon. Photo: Courtesy of Bulleit

Bulleit Bourbon has become an American classic in only a short time. Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr. started Bulleit as an homage to his great-great-grandfather who made a rye whiskey back in the mid-1800s. We’re thankful for Bulleit and his great-great-grandfather.

2. Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye

Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye. Photo: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery
Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye. Photo: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

Rye whiskey has made a strong resurgence in America, and Colonel E.H. Taylor’s Straight Rye is a big reason for that. Offering a spicier note than the classic American bourbon, a rye will give you a little bit of bite to go along with that fire.

3. High West Whiskey Campfire

High West Whiskey Campfire. Photo: Courtesy of High West Whiskey
High West Whiskey Campfire. Photo: Courtesy of High West Whiskey

A blend of Scotch, bourbon and rye whiskeys, the name says it all. High West Whiskey Campfire might be the closest you can come to drinking the smell of campfire.

4. Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Photo: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Photo: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

One of the best bangs for your buck in bourbons, this American classic has gone relatively unchanged for nearly 200 years. It’s a good starting point for those not well-versed in whiskeys but wanting to go with something safe and dependable.

5. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve. Photo: Courtesy of Knob Creek
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve. Photo: Courtesy of Knob Creek

Instead of blending multiple barrels of bourbon together, Knob Creek’s Single Barrel Reserve bottles each barrel individually for a truly unique bottle each time. Aging for nine years, these ones are certainly worth the wait.

6. Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Laphroaig
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Laphroaig

If bourbons and ryes aren’t true enough to the legendary Scotches for you, then Laphroaig’s Quarter Cask is a path you might want to venture. Laphroaig is known for making some of the most peat-heavy and smokiest single malt whiskeys in the world. The Quarter Cask spends time in smaller oak barrels, which goes pretty well with a campfire.

7. Westland Peated Whiskey

Westland Peated Whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Westland Distillery
Westland Peated Whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Westland Distillery

American single malt whiskeys are beginning to pick up steam, and at the head of that train is Westland’s Peated Whiskey. Harkening to the Scottish single malt that it’s shaped after, it does a good job of giving an American twist.

8. Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Photo: Courtesy of Woodford Reserve Distiller
Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Photo: Courtesy of Woodford Reserve Distiller

You’re a traditionalist, and you don’t like to diverge from a tried-and-true classic. Then you can’t go wrong with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. You’ll feel just like a classic Kentucky gentleman sitting around the fire.

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