We personally enjoy our whisky without any added flavours. But when you either still are getting acquainted with whisky, or when you’ve already tasted just about everything, you might want to try a whiskey with a twist. And with the wide range of flavored whiskies you can currently choose from, you’re definitely not the only one.
Most of these flavored whiskies are produced in the United States. The reason for this is quite simple: Scottish regulation do not allow any additional flavors to be added to whisky. If anything else than E150 (caramel coloring) is added, it is not allowed to be labeled as ‘whisky’ anymore. The regulation in most other countries, including the US and Canada, is not as strict.
Red Stag Black Cherry
Jim Beam’s Red Stag range is also available as ‘Honey Tea’ and ‘Spiced’. The black cherry whiskey is 80 proof, or 40% abv.
Knob Creek Smoked Maple
Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon, blended with natural flavors. Bottled at 45% abv, it is one of the stronger flavored whiskeys in this list. Other decent maple flavored whiskies are Cabin Fever and Sortilège Prestige – both from Canada.
Pow Wow Botanical Rye
Pow Wow Botanical Rye is infused with natural herbs and spices, including saffron and orange peel. Just like Knob Creek’s whiskey, it is bottled at 45% abv.
Paddy Devil’s Apple
Paddy Irish Whiskey offers two types of flavored whiskey. Honey was added to Paddy’s Bee Sting, while their Devil’s Apple is a mixture (35% abv) of apple and cinnamon liqueur with Irish whiskey.
Bird Dog Blackberry
Bird Dog Whiskey specializes in flavoured whiskey. Just like their Peach, Hot Cinnamon, Maple, Apple and Chocolate flavored whiskeys, Bird Dog Blackberry is bottled at 40% abv.
Ballantine’s created a lime flavored whiskey for the World Football Cup in Brazil, in 2014. Ballantine’s Brazil (35% abv) will probably be available until at least the Brazil Olympics, in 2016.
Maker’s Mark Mint Julep
A Mint Julep is a classic Kentucky Derby cocktail. For those who don’t want to measure and mix their own cocktail, Maker’s Mark created a ready-to-pour, mint flavored whiskey liqueur. Bottled at 70 proof, or 35% abv.
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey
Honey flavored blends are probably the most popular whiskey liqueurs. Jack Daniels introduced their Tennessee version – a 35% abv honey liqueur blended with less than 20% whiskey – in 2011.
Technically, Balcones Rumble isn’t really a whiskey (unlike the other Balcones products), since it is not distilled from grain. It’s a wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar infused spirit, bottled at 47% abv.
Charbay Hop Flavored Whiskey
Charbay Distillery produces whiskey, vodka, rum, brandy and tequila. Their whiskies (‘R5’, ‘S’ and ‘Release III’) are made out of beer – hence the ‘hop flavored’ addition.
Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice
Locally grown pumpkins and traditional autumn spices make Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice (40% abv) the ultimate autumn whiskey. Just like Charbay, Sons of Liberty also produces a hop flavored whiskey.
Evan Williams Cinnamon
With Fireball as one of the most striking examples, cinnamon flavored whiskey is quite popular these days. Evan Williams Cinnamon is bottled at 35% abv.