Drink Review: Bird Dog Strawberry Whiskey
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 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.
Today's tasting is Bird Dog Strawberry Whiskey. I've sampled Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey, was well as Bird Dog Apple, both of which I enjoyed.
Here's the description from the Bird Dog website:
Perfect for sipping, shots or mixology, Bird Dog Strawberry Whiskey blooms with a light, sweet strawberry flavor throughout.
Potency: 80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol
Color: Golden Amber
Nose: Sweet, fresh strawberries and a hint of rich bourbon
Body: Vibrant strawberry mixed with notes of a well-aged, woody bourbon
Finish: A sweet berry fade accompanies a subtle warmth
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 falls a bit short on this one. Contrary to the company line, this whiskey isn't good for sipping or shots, it's too strawberry forward, with an almost medicinal quality and unfortunately, the strawberry doesn't fade into a subtle warm bourbon finish. The strawberry lingers and not in a good way. To be fair, it might be just me, but like my distaste for the pairing of peach and whiskey, I don't think strawberry pairs well with whiskey either. Perhaps there's a reason Bird Dog is one of the few distillers that make a strawberry flavored variety.
Costing me about $16 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable but this particular Bird Dog flavored whiskey is NOT a repeat buy. Best used in mixology - NOT sipping or shots - Bird Dog Strawberry Whiskey gets just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Given how I enjoyed their Blackberry and Apple flavors, I expected better.
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