Whiskey, Would You Do Me A Flavor … Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments
American bourbon distillers are following in the footsteps of vodka makers by branching out into flavored spirits using honey, cherry, cinnamon, apple, maple syrup, blackberry – almost anything with a sweet kick. Big-name distillers like Heaven Hill, which makes Evan Williams Honey Reserve and Cherry Reserve; and Brown-Forman, which makes Early Times Fire Eater, a cinnamon flavored whiskey; have gotten into the mix, and local Southern distilleries like Arkansas’ Rocktown are incorporating apples, blackberries and other botanicals into their mashes.
And while vodka may have a host of flavors in its arsenal, it no longer has the corner on confectionary concoctions. Kansas Spirit Whiskey went to their vats and with a little bubble, bubble, boil and burble came up with a clear whiskey that tastes like marshmallow and cotton candy.
Just like bourbon and scotch, flavored whiskeys are meant to be sipped and savored. If you think you may like a little variety in your nightcap, here are some Southern spirits you can find in your favorite package store or online.
Rock Town Distillery makes an Apple Pie Lightning, Lightning Hot (a cinnamon-flavored whiskey), and its newest recipe, Blackberry Cobbler. Available in 11 states, all of these varieties also can be ordered online.
For just about any whiskey you’d like to try, follow the Tennessee Whiskey Trail here. With nine distilleries and centuries of tradition, the whiskey institution in Tennessee is ever-evolving. That being said, some notable flavored varieties from the state include the Vanilla Bean Whisky from Corsair Distillery and the Double Chocolate Bourbon from Prichard’s Distillery.
Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark, Red Stag, Bird Dog. The latter — Bird Dog, bottled in Bowling Green — has enticing flavors like blackberry, cinnamon, peach and maple syrup. Whatever your poison, these Kentuckians have it. And because September is Bourbon Heritage Month, there’s no better time to hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and tour seven distilleries making some of the smoothest spirits around – flavored and otherwise.
Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas makes its Rumble from the finest local wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar. It’s then aged in small oak barrels before bottled for sipping – either shared or in silence.
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