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What do peanut butter, s’mores, and whiskey have in common? They’re good around a campfire, but not much else. When I first tried the Stillhouse Peanut Butter S’mores Whiskey, the 35-year-old whiskey enthusiast in me cringed, but the 21-year-old college student in me rejoiced! I flashed back to Friday nights with Fireball shots and camping trips where the point was to drink without regard to how I would feel the next day.
Established in 2016 and owned by Bacardi Limited, Stillhouse products are easily identifiable by their stainless steel cans, a bonus if you need disposable but sturdy receptacles for changing oil, storing mixed drinks, or using as a water can (though, you may get some raised eyebrows when consuming). Most Stillhouse whiskeys are flavored, with popular releases such as Peach Tea, Spiced Cherry, and Apple Crisp. They do have a Black Bourbon line, which is a little higher quality than their other products.
Stillhouse is surprisingly aware of what they are marketing and their target demographic. Much like a good comedy movie, this brand doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Instead of emphasizing the quality of spirit, the unique mash bill, or aging process, they lean full bore into the idea that this whiskey is about having fun. Spend some time on their website and you’ll find the “adventure-hub,” full of tips for good road trip games, recommended snacks, backpacking bar tips, and my personal favorite: five criteria for choosing a legendary outhouse location.
It is also important to note what the Stillhouse Peanut Butter S’Mores Whiskey is not. If you like to sip and savor, if you like whiskey on the rocks, neat, or in a good cocktail, then this bottle is not for you. It is likely un-aged, as are most other Stillhouse products, so don’t expect a carefully curated and nuanced experience. The 100% corn mash is kept bland and without depth, which you can check out in Stillhouse’s original whiskey. I think this is a missed opportunity, as there are great corn whiskeys on the market, but it is undeniable that such a blank canvass lends itself well to additive flavoring.
Ultimately, everything that I wanted from alcohol in college is embodied in this whiskey: overly sweet, zero-nuance, and only good for shots and mixers. Conversely, this is everything I don’t want in a whiskey today. Yet, I have to hand it to Stillhouse. For what this whiskey is, they sure nailed it. It doesn’t burn going down and tastes exactly like peanut butter s’mores. Watch out Fireball, Stillhouse is coming for your #1 spot.
Tasting Notes: Stillhouse Peanut Butter S’Mores Whiskey
Vital Stats: No age statement – likely unaged. 69 Proof (34.5% ABV). Infused with peanut butter s’mores liqueur. $19.99.
Appearance: Dull orange with yellow tint.
Nose: Sugary marshmallows overpower the nose, but milk chocolate and peanut butter do make an appearance underneath. Smells a lot like one of those small candy shops you find on a coastline or carnival.
Palate: Sugar coats the tongue throughout the experience. Notes of gently roasted coffee beans turn into dark chocolate and what can only be unimaginatively described as honey graham cracker. The peanut butter only shows up on the finish.
Whiskey Review: Stillhouse Peanut Butter S’Mores Whiskey
This whiskey is not very good, but it doesn’t need to be. Want something to take shots of at a party? You found it. Want to pour something sweet and alcoholic in your hot chocolate on a camping trip? You betcha. Want to drink it in any other setting for any other purpose? Look elsewhere.
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