The latest buzz in the spirits industry seems to be honey flavored spirits. There are honey vodkas, honey whiskies and an American brewery is even making a honey rum. So, what’s it all about? A few years ago it seemed that bacon was the flavor du jour. With honey as the latest hot flavor profile, there is of course sweetness; but also an undefinable, almost herbal quality. With this new product from Bärenjäger (the original honey liqueur), they’ve set the bar pretty high in my opinion. Most of the honey flavored spirits I’ve tried have tended toward the overly sweet and almost syrupy side of things. This one leaves all of the others bee-hind.
As a sipper, it is excellent. Try adding this instead of 1-1 honey/water syrup for a boost of nectar-like flavor in a cocktail like the Bee’s Knees or the Penicillin. In any case, I think this is a honey of a flavored bourbon.
Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon (70 proof)
Visual: Light golden honey color.
Nose: A lot of honey with some spice.
Taste: The honey is quite balanced and works well to support the bourbon. There is a slightly smoky and dry quality that keeps this from being overly cloying.
Finish: There is some heat here which keeps the honey from being too intrusive and sweet. There is also a slight lemon quality at the very end, giving it an almost refreshing quality.
Overall: This is perfect for a hot toddy. Just add some hot water and a slice of lemon. For more body in a cocktail that calls for a touch of honey, try this mixed in a 50/50 ratio with clover honey.
GSN Rating: A-
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