By Mike Thayer
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 flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks. My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.
I recently tried Crown Royal Regal Apple, so in staying with the apple flavor theme, tonight it was a tasting of Bird Dog Apple Whiskey. I've sampled Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey, which I enjoyed, but how will the Bird Dog Apple compare to Yukon Jack Jacapple?
Here's the description from the Bird Dog website:
Bird Dog Apple Flavored Whiskey flourishes with lush apple flavor. Barrel aged and finally ripe.
Potency: 80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol
Color: Golden Amber
Nose: Ripe, fresh apples
Body: Succulent apple flavors combine for a savory, smooth experience
Finish: Sweet apple fades into bourbon with a lingering warm, cinnamon zest
Of note, this whiskey is 80 proof. Most other flavored whiskeys are 70 proof, so this has a little more 'kick' to it. I served up this whiskey in a straight shot and on the rocks. Bird Dog pretty much delivers on all the promo above. The nose is fruity apple, the color is inviting and you get all as advertised in the swirl and swallow, the cinnamon notes come through. What I like best about Bird Dog is the finish, you get the base bourbon, which is exactly what you want in a flavored whiskey, a compliment. While best as a chilled shot and a good one, I still prefer Yukon Jack Jacapple. Costing me about $16 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable and it's worth a repeat buy (if you can't find the Yukon). Bird Dog Apple Whiskey gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.