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.
The description from the bottle: Jim Beam Peach contains all the pride of the Beam family's 220-year history with a refreshing take on family tradition. Our distillers have infused rich, flavorful peach liqueur with fine Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. The perfect mix of peach and bourbon with hints of oak. Enjoy straight, or mix with soda or tea.
So how good is it you ask?
As usual, I served this up in a straight shot and on the rocks. I have to say I'm just not a fan of a whiskey/peach flavor pairing. I've tried Evan Williams Peach, didn't care for it and while the Jim Beam Peach is better than the Evan Williams, that's still not saying much. You get a hint of peach in the nose, but like the Jim Beam Red Stag, the swallow comes off as a bit medicinal, followed nicely however by the classic Jim Beam Bourbon finish. Jim Beam's approach with their flavored whiskeys doesn't seem to be targeted at guys like me and the occasional straight or chilled shot of a good whiskey at the house.... No, their real target is getting bars/restaurants/pubs stocked with the stuff, to be used in over-priced mixed drinks.
Jim Beam Peach Whiskey gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It's an OK flavored whiskey, but peach just doesn't go well with whiskey in my book. Priced at about $17 for a 750ml bottle, Jim Beam Peach is NOT a repeat buy.