Flavored whiskey is a big seller here in America, especially if it’s cinnamon flavored. It seems Sazerac took the lead with Fireball, a whiskey infused with cinnamon flavors. Jim Beam, who is no stranger to the flavored whiskey market, followed up with Jim Beam Kentucky Fire. This latest flavored whiskey is added to their current lineup that includes Jim Beam Honey, Jim Beam Maple, and the Red Stag brand. The label on this 70 proof release says it’s “Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey infused with cinnamon liqueur.”
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.