By Mike Thayer
Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.
Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks. My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey with Yukon Jack Jacapple coming in a close second.
After today's tasting, that may have changed....
Shared with my Lady Friend, this was the best on the rocks flavored whiskey I've ever had.... We sampled it doing shots as well, VERY smooth!
Good whiskey and chocolate is an OUTSTANDING pairing!
The description from the Bird Dog website:
Chocoholics rejoice. A comforting fragrance of smooth milk chocolate awakens the senses at first encounter. Notes of rich cocoa highlight the quintessential notes of vanilla and caramel without overpowering the classic bourbon flavor. Swap out dessert for our signature Chocolate Martini, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been ending your meals this way all along.
Potency: 80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol
Color: Golden Amber
Nose: Rich chocolate scents with the hint of bourbon
Body: Smooth, velvety chocolate flavors infuse with natural bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel
Finish: Light chocolate touches layer into a gentle cocoa and warm finish
That is absolutely, 100% correct!
At 80 proof, the Bird Dog has a bit more kick than the typical flavored whiskeys which usually come at 70 proof. That extra alcohol means this whiskey doesn't taste too sweet, nor is it harsh. Bird Dog did it right, a nice balance of the chocolate followed by a nice, warm, bourbon finish. Bird Dog has introduced a number of new flavored whiskeys, to include a peanut butter flavored version which I'm anxious to try and compare to Skrewball. And then there's the combo of the chocolate and peanut butter flavors for a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup shot!
Priced at about $22 for a 750ml bottle, it costs a little more than your average flavored whiskey, but it's WELL worth it. I'm giving Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It's my new favorite! What a fantastic flavor pairing!