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Posts from the ‘Flavored Whiskey’ Category


Review: Jim Beam Vanilla

Jim Beam Vanilla was just released.  It joins a flavored whiskey lineup that includes an Apple, Honey, Black Cherry, Maple and their Cinnamon Flavored Kentucky Fire Whiskey.  The bourbon base of Jim Beam Vanilla is made with a secret mix of corn, rye, and barley malt.  Limestone filtered water and some “set back” up to 40% of the old mash from the previous distillation, is added to the 10,000 gallon cooker.  Since Prohibition ended over 75 years ago the same strain of jug yeast is added.  This yeast is used in the fermentation process once the mash is cooked and cooled.  It is distilled in a 65 foot tall column still, and then distilled a second time in a doubler, similar to a pot still.  The bourbon is aged in brand new charred oak barrels.  While no age statement is provided for Jim Beam Vanilla, Jim Beam Original is aged for 4 years.  Madagascar Vanilla Liqueur is blended with the bourbon base before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: J Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey

J Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey as the name would imply is an apple cider flavored whiskey.  This whiskey is produced at the Frank-Lin Distillers Products in Fairfield California.  Frank-Lin has been in continuous operation since the repeal of prohibition.  They offer custom bottling, importing exporting and wholesaling.  Beyond Vodka, 8 Seconds Canadian Whisky, and Bellringer Gin are three of the nearly 70 spirits they currently produce.  I have found no product details on the J Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey website, their Facebook page, and I have not seen any product review. Read more »


Review: Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky

Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky was introduced February 2012.  Tap 357 is named for the blend of 3, 5, and 7 year old rye whiskies and the natural Canadian maple tapped at the first hint of spring in Quebec, used in crafting it.  Each of the blended rye whiskies are produced in small batches in the oldest distillery in Western Canada.  The whisky is distilled four times before maturing in a combination of new, second and third use bourbon barrels.  Master Distiller Michel Marcil blends the whisky and then blends pure local grade 1 light Canadian maple syrup sourced from Quebec.  In a proprietary finishing process the maple flavored rye whisky is left to rest until the blend is ready for release.  As someone who has visited New England dozens of times and has several friends and business associates who don’t leave New England without a bottle of 100% maple syrup, I’m very familiar with how serious people in New England and Quebec take their maple syrup.  Harvesting maple, commonly called maple sugaring depends on weather conditions each year, but in Quebec it generally occurs between February and April.  Mild days with temperatures falling below freezing at night are ideal.     Read more »


Review: Revel Stoke Root Beer Whisky

revel-stoke-root-beer-whiskyRevel Stoke Root Beer Whisky was just released.  It is one of eight Canadian Whisky varieties made by the Phillips Distilling Company under the Revel Stoke label.  The other flavors include Roasted Pecan, Roasted Apple, Roasted Pineapple, Pumpkin Spiced, Spiced, Cinnamon, and their original Canadian whisky.  Revel Stoke is named after the mountain ski resort town in British Columbia.  Revel Stoke Root Beer is made with a blend of rye, corn, and barley malt.  It is triple distilled in copper stills.  The whisky is aged for 3 years in charred white oak barrels.  Natural root beer flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Rebel Yell Root Beer Whiskey

rebel-yell-root-beer-whiskeyRebel Yell Root Beer Whiskey was released April 2016 along with a Ginger flavored whiskey.  Both start with Rebel Yell Original Straight Bourbon as a base.  This bourbon was first made in 1849 at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery with corn wheat and malt.  Natural root beer flavor and caramel color are added before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey

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Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey was launched August 2016.  The whiskey was created by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.  Yes, the same Brian and Tyler from Florida Georgia Line.  This is the first of what promises to be an expanded line of whiskey.  A straight whisky will be available in December.  Old Camp starts with an American Whiskey base made in Lawrenceburg Indiana.  The whiskey is aged for a minimum of two years in white oak barrels with a number 3 char.  It is then infused with natural southern peach and pecan flavor and bottled at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Crown Royal Vanilla

Crown Royal Vanilla - CopyCrown Royal Vanilla Whisky was just released.  It is their fourth flavor infused whisky and comes just 3 months after the launch of Crown Royal Honey.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could count on a new Crown Royal flavor every quarter?  Crown Royal Vanilla is crafted with corn, rye, and barley with pure water naturally filtered through limestone.  After distilling the whisky is aged in oak barrels and then infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.  The trademark velvet bag included in the box is not white like the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla flower or the ice cream flavor, but rather brown like the bean itself. Read more »


Review: Evan Williams Peach Bourbon

Evan Williams Peach Bourbon - CopyEvan Williams Peach Bourbon was released in limited markets May 2015.  It is now available nationally.  Peach is one of several flavored bourbons made by Heaven Hills under the Evan Willaims label.  Other flavors include Cherry, Fire, and Honey.  The bourbon base is made with Corn, Malted Barley, and Rye.  A liqueur made from peaches is then blended with the bourbon. Read more »


Review: Bird Dog Ruby Red Grapefruit Whiskey

Bird Dog Ruby Red Grapefruit Whiskey ImageBird Dog Ruby Red Grapefruit Whiskey was just released along with their Strawberry Whiskey flavor.  Bird Dog may not be the best selling whiskey, or even the best selling flavored whiskey brand, but with ten whiskey flavors, they have the most extensive flavored whiskey product line.  Bird Dog Ruby Red Grapefruit starts with a base made from corn, malted barley and rye.  The whiskey is aged in white oak barrels.  Grapefruit flavor is infused before bottling at 80 proof. Read more »


Review: Bird Dog Strawberry Whiskey

Bird Dog Strawberry Whiskey - CopyBird Dog Strawberry Whiskey was just released along with a Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor.  The Western Springs Beverage Company now produces ten whiskey flavors including Maple, Chocolate, Apple, Blackberry, Peach, Spiced, Jalapeno Honey, and Hot Cinnamon under the Bird Dog label.  Bird Dog Strawberry starts with a whiskey base made from corn, malted barely, and rye.  The whiskey is aged in white oak barrels before strawberry flavor is infused.  Bird Dog Strawberry is bottled in Bowling Green Kentucky at 80 proof. Read more »