The majority of posts here have been bourbon reviews. As much as I love bourbon, I thought it was time to branch out a little bit and try a “flavored whiskey”. This one sounds perfect for the holiday season: Berentzen’s Bushel & Barrel. It’s a mix of straight bourbon whiskey and Berentzen’s apple liqueur. This “flavored whiskey” category is new territory for me. I poured myself a little glass and drank some. (Berentzen provided a review sample for this post)
My first impression was it tasted like an apple Jolly Rancher without some of the artificial flavoring of that candy. I had a few more sips. This is some sweet stuff. Although bourbon is listed on the label first, I struggled to find bourbon flavors anywhere. Adding some ice mellowed the sweetness a bit, and brought out a little more bourbon flavor (key word there is “little”).
Fans of apple or sweet fruit cocktails would probably like this a lot. I admit I liked it better with some ice. It was like a dessert drink of sorts. A bottle of 60 proof Bushel & Barrel will run you just north of $20. Now don’t go looking for bourbon here in this bottle. The star of the show is the apple liqueur. Not a huge fan of it by itself, but it could make for a great mixer in cocktails that call for an apple liqueur, or an interesting way to spike your Thanksgiving Apple Cider.