Berentzen has been making apple flavored liqueurs since 1976 (see our previous review of their Apfelkorn here). This spring, they debuted a new product combining a barrel aged Kentucky Bourbon, apple juice and a neutral grain spirit. The blend makes for an interesting liqueur in the up and coming category of flavored whiskies.
Berentzen Bushel & Barrel (60 proof)
Nose: Green apple with a hint of whiskey barrel.
Taste: Apple liqueur with a decent dose of bourbon to give it some heft and bite. The balance of flavors works well, with neither overwhelming the other. Somewhat sweet, but not overly so.
Finish: Medium long with apple being the lingering memory here.
Overall: Tasty enough on its own as a shot or a sipper served neat. This also has uses in cocktails to lend a less cloying apple flavor to cocktails than most liqueurs.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: Berentzen USA