Flavored Whiskey
 

Best Flavored Whiskey

 

The Fifty Best Flavored Whiskey Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 12 flavored whiskies with twelve members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. Each of the flavored whiskies were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served at room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states of origin and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.


DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Ballotin Caramel Turtle Chocolate Whiskey
(Saloon Spirits, TX)  60° proof
A blend of craft chocolate, natural flavors
& barrel aged 3 year-old whiskey.

Nose: Caramel, toffee, buttery, butterscotch, caramel popcorn, maple syrup, honey, honeycomb, delicious pecan, nutty, wheat, cereal, oak, bourbon.
Palate: Turtle candy, caramel, burnt caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cotton candy, honey, popcorn, fresh roasted pecans, walnut, nutty, nice.
Finish: Toffee, Heath Bar, pecans, walnut, cooked sweet corn, perfectly balanced, smooth, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Ballotin Caramel Turtle Chocolate Whiskey



Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey
(Saloon Spirits, TX)  60° proof
A blend of craft chocolate, natural flavors
& barrel aged 3 year-old whiskey.

Nose: Chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, apple, hazelnut, toasted walnuts, roasted nuts, nutty, cinnamon, spice.
Palate: Delicious milk chocolate, hot chocolate, cocoa, chocolate sauce, buttery, butterscotch, toffee, dark caramel, molasses, honey, sweet tea, walnut, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Chocolate, Tootsie Roll, toffee, burnt sugar, treacle, creamy vanilla, sweet nutty, natural taste, rich, flavorful, yummy, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey



Cask & Crew Walnut Toffee Whiskey
(LiDestri Beverages, NY)  70° proof
Blend of Canadian rye & barrel-aged American corn whiskey

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, candy caramel, burnt butter, chocolate, nougat, baked goods, walnuts, pecan, peanut butter, nutty, coffee, sweet bourbon.
Palate: Sweet caramel, chocolate, sweet dark chocolate, smoky cocoa, vanilla, coconut, pecan pie, walnut, hazelnut, pecans, peanuts, nutty, rye, spice, rich, creamy.
Finish: Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, honey, dark plum, walnut, pecan, coffee, pepper, spice, smooth, nice, lovely.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal




Cask & Crew Walnut Toffee Whiskey



Ballotin Peanut Butter Chocolate Whiskey
(Saloon Spirits, TX)  60° proof
A blend of craft chocolate, natural flavors
& barrel aged 3 year-old whiskey.

Aroma: Chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts, almond, just shelled pecans, peanut oil, corn field, lavender, green tea, mossy, soil, roasted.
Palate: Chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fresh ground peanut butter, peanut butter mousse, peanut butter brittle, peanuts, pecans, walnut, almonds, nuts, candied herbs, mint, spice, creamy.
Finish: Delicious chocolate, Pay Day candy bar, sweet chocolate nut, peanut butter cream, pecans, walnut, nutty, wintergreen, clean, crisp, smooth, great, scrumptious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Ballotin Peanut Butter Chocolate Whiskey



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Cask & Crew Orange Roasted Whiskey
(LiDestri Beverages, NY)  70° proof
Blend of Canadian rye & barrel-aged American corn whiskey.
Infused with roasted orange peel.

Aroma: Orange peel, roasted orange peel, burnt orange, cooked oranges, orange soda, peach, orange blossoms, caramel.
Palate: Mandarin orange, sweet orange peel, orange spritz soda, orange syrup, Orange Curaçao, orange flower, sweet orange spice, ginger, sweet honey, nice fruit, well balanced, rich, zesty.
Finish: Orange, roasted orange, bitter orange, orange soda, citrus, lingering natural orange flavors, Campari, milk chocolate, white chocolate, soft almond, rich, soft & elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Cask & Crew Orange Roasted Whiskey



Seven Jars Apple Pie Whiskey
(Seven Jars Distillery, NC)  80° proof

Aroma: Apple, baked apple, pear, orange, sour cherry, toffee, buttery, brown sugar, pastry, pie crust, pecan pie, pecans, peanuts, nutty, corn, cinnamon, log wood, forest trees.
Palate: Apple, apple skin, apple pie, vanilla, caramel, honey, pecan pie, pecans, nutty, clove, cinnamon, spicy, oak, sour cherry, sweet & sour, sticky, rich.
Finish: Apple pie crust, chocolate pie, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, spices, sweet, flavorful.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Seven Jars Apple Pie Whiskey



Devils River Coffee Bourbon
(Devils River Distillery, TX)  80° proof
Made with Vienna roasted coffee beans & agave nectar.


Aroma: Just-ground coffee, dark deep roast coffee, black coffee, American coffee, café Americano, delicious coffee, caramel.
Palate: Sweet black coffee, sweet espresso, lightly burnt coffee beans, mocha, nutty toffee coffee, toffee, root beer coffee, spicy, not too sweet, burnt wood.
Finish: Strong coffee, espresso, espresso bean, cocoa, toffee, breakfast whiskey, lingering char, delicious.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Devils River Coffee Bourbon



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Standard Proof Red Eye Rye Coffee Infused Whiskey
(Standard Proof Whiskey Co., TN)  80° proof

Aroma: Toffee, burnt toffee, black rum sugarcane, sarsaparilla, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal.
Palate: Coffee, mocha, mocha latte, chocolate, burnt sugar, root beer, rye, sweet nuts, fresh squeezed oranges, spice, peppery, herbal like an amaro, rum notes.
Finish: Coffee, coffee ice cream, mocha, sweet chocolate, lingering dark chocolate, burnt sugar, nuts, fresh, nice, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Standard Proof Red Eye Rye Coffee Infused Whiskey



Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whiskey
(Temperance Distilling for Sure Shot Spirits, MI/NJ)  70° proof

Aroma: Root beer, sarsaparilla, sassafras, cotton candy, wood barrel.
Palate: Pure root beer, sweet root beer, sassafras, Coca-Cola, vanilla, birch, eucalyptus, burdock root, thyme, spearmint, oat.
Finish: Root beer, birch beer, root beer candy, brown sugar, dandelion, lingering spice, on the dime, delicious.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whiskey



Xplorer Honey Bourbon Liqueur
(Kilimanjaro Distillery, PA)  70° proof
Made with premium dark honey blended with bourbon whiskey.

Aroma: Honey, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, ripe apples, corn, rye, roasted nuts, nutty, tree branches, twigs, wood, barrel.
Palate: Honey, caramel, brown sugar, creamy, vanilla, sweet vanilla, apple, apple slices, herbaceous, grain, lightly nutty, cinnamon, light spice, char, oak.
Finish: Nougat, burnt sugar, pecan, orange peel, spice, smoky, flavorful, pleasant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Xplorer Honey Bourbon Liqueur



Standard Proof Pecan Rye Texas Pecan Infused Whiskey
(Standard Proof Whiskey Co., TN)  80° proof

Aroma: Pecan, nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, honey, corn, bread, rye, coffee, floral, sweet grass, woody, wine.
Palate: Candied pecans, nutty, toffee, vanilla, sweet coffee, honey, cooked honey, fresh apples, apple skins, citrus, black pepper, dusty, earthy, oak.
Finish: Fresh honey, summer flowers, cognac, chili, spice, balanced, well made, a nice sipper, great, tasty, delicious.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Standard Proof Pecan Rye Texas Pecan Infused Whiskey



BRONZE MEDAL WINNER

Cinn City Cinnamon Whiskey
( Gatsby Spirits, OR)  70° prf.

Nose: Cinnamon, apple pie crumble, apple, cotton candy, spicy nuts, spicy, light pepper, barrel.
Palate: Pink Lady apple, apple skin, apple blossom, orange peel, herbal, mint, cinnamon, cumin, spicy, light pepper.
Finish: Apple cider, apple juice, orange candy, sweet tea, rye bread, big bold spice, white pepper, peppery.


Bronze Medal
bronze medal



Cinn City Cinnamon Whiskey

 

 

 

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