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 until recently, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey . But replacing that was a new flavor offering from Bird Dog and their Chocolate Flavored Whiskey - what a great pairing! Bird Dog has also released a Peanut Butter Flavored variety, which I've been anxious to compare to Skrewball and it's what I'm reviewing today.
The description from the Bird Dog website:
Creamy or crunchy?
Whatever your preference, our Peanut Butter Bird Dog goes down smooth. Aromatic vanilla and caramel undertones round out the nutty flavor for a slow, warm finish. Pair with our Strawberry Bird Dog for a PB&J shot straight from the lunchbox.
80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol
Warm peanuts with a hint of wood char
Uniquely smooth peanut butter flavors are presented with traditional caramel and vanilla notes
A slow, warm, whiskey fades with sweet caramel
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. I'm a HUGE fan of Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey but Bird Dog is on par with Skrewball, with my former favorite getting just an ever so slight edge in flavor. Skrewball is a bit sweeter, but both the Skrewball and Bird dog whiskeys whether in a chilled shot, served on the rocks or neat, have a nice peanut butter nose, you get notes of vanilla and caramel and the finish is very pleasant and warm.
Why Bird Dog wins the day: It costs less, quite a bit less! We're talking about $30 for a bottle of Skrewball vs. about $19 for the Bird Dog. That's a no brainer for me, saving $11 for a very good peanut butter whiskey that's going to give you everything you're looking for in one whether enjoyed by itself or in mixology.
Mixology suggestions: Pairing the combo of the chocolate and peanut butter flavors for a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup shot! You could pair the peanut butter with the strawberry flavored whiskey as suggested by Bird Dog, but I'm not a fan of the strawberry. Bird Dog has released a new Black Cherry flavor, I might give that a try for a PB&J shot.
Next Up (after the Black Cherry review): Bird Dog has released yet another flavor, Jalapeno flavored whiskey! Oh my!
The Bird Dog line up of flavored whiskeys is pretty impressive and with their Peanut Butter flavored whiskey comparing so favorably to Skrewball's version - which set the bar for that flavor - I'm giving Bird Dog Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It tastes just about as good as Skrewball for a lot less money!
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