Brewing a drink with a similar flavor is nothing new in the beverage business, we see it every day in things like fruit beers, flavored gins, and the finite number of seltzer options. In fact, we tend to get carried away with the act. Just ask Arby’s and their new line of French Fries Flavored Vodkas.
With a category as broad as whiskey brands, there is quite a bit of leeway in terms of adding other ingredients. That doesn’t mean they all work, but it does mean you have more choices, many of which are downright fun to sip, even pure. The whiskey pairs well with various fruit flavors, not to mention spicy and even sweet ingredients like cocoa, caramel, etc.
With all of that in mind, here are some of the best flavored whiskeys to look out for.
Eastside Distilling Marionberry Whiskey
It’s no surprise that an Oregon distillery is drawn to the local marionberry, a cross between two species of blackberries. The dark fruit notes blend very well in a spirit, especially the spicy caramel notes and the pronounced pie crust flavors. It’s a great addition to tea if you like a hot cocktail or even a Hot Toddy. Looks like a dessert for us!
Leopold Brothers Georgia Peach Whiskey
With savory nutty notes to accompany the great flavors of peach and citrus zest, this version from flavored whiskey specialist Leopold Brothers is arguably the best of the brand. It’s fun to play around with when you whip up classics like an old-fashioned cocktail or just sip with a cube and maybe a dash or two of bitters.
Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey
Yes, it does take some getting used to on the surface, but really, there’s no reason why a decent peanut butter aroma couldn’t be associated with whiskey. This is especially the case with a smooth whiskey, as this one is very much (the ominous label be damned). You don’t need much, as it works like syrup, but you’ll immediately remember the youthful days of Halloween and become anxious to mix with the stuff, tossing things like espresso. From what we have heard, there are several options to turn this particularly flavored whiskey into Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Reese’s Pieces …
The Jack Daniel fire in Tennessee
What about cinnamon whiskey? It happens easily, of course, but there is more to it. The right cinnamon spice punch adds an extra layer of warmth to winter consumption. We suggest you settle in with a neat short pour and wash it down with a good holiday beer.
Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon
Maple syrup and bourbon love each other, as this popular version of Knob Creek proves. It’s fun to try as a splash in something like a Boulevardier cocktail, or just sipped during Sunday brunch.
Bird Dog Praline Whiskey
This one is immediately reminiscent of Thanksgiving and the roasted goodness. It’s nutty, with a pleasant caramelized backbone. Try it sipping after a meal or even mixed with vanilla ice cream. If you’re unfamiliar with praline, go for it, as it’s a delicious blend of savory nutty notes from hazelnuts, almonds and sugar.
Bourbon HoneyDew by Garrison Brothers
This Texan product is a model citizen among the crowded honey bourbon circuit. It offers all the best notes of wild honey without overpowering the whiskey. You still get a nice oak interaction, with some spice, toffee and fruit.