Whiskey Reviews: Devil’s Sister Flavored Whiskeys

, | May 21, 2022

Editor’s Note: These whiskeys were provided to us as a review sample by Devil’s Sister. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Although Two Eagles Distillery’s  marketing material and website for Devil’s Sister don’t go into much detail about the particulars of the flavored whiskey inside their bottles, the distillery did provide some additional information, stating “We use natural flavors and actual honey in our spirits. We avoid synthetic sweeteners… the goal is to create a solid spirit at a reasonable price that is great for cocktails.” But where any additional detail about aging, barrel selection and mash bill might normally be featured, the brand leans heavily into their marketing. Devil’s Sister’s chosen brand voice is likely to evoke a myriad of different reactions, but a fairly neutral one might be, “This sure isn’t your grandfather’s whiskey!”

The website and brand look book includes taglines like, “Liquid Temptation” and “Forbidden Fruit” (available on their website here). The brand doesn’t just embrace the sin metaphor; it could be said it marches straight into the second circle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy with copy like, “She wants tonight. She tempts. She beckons. She awakens the fire inside. Give into a little sin tonight.” And I have to imagine Devil’s Sister, tongue firmly planted in cheek (I hope), is  happy to be at the center of the discussions. Because, anyone who follows the industry knows that selling spirits in general, and whiskey in particular, presents an immense challenge in how to break through and be noticed in a crowded market.

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Flavored whiskey is certainly at the center of a number of new, as well as established, brands’ efforts to expand their shelf footprint and/or attract new consumers. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Knob Creek Smoked Maple, or Jim Beam Red Stag ring a bell?  In fact, according to BevAlc Insights by Drizly, “[o]n Drizly, flavored whiskey grew to a 6.4 percent share of the whiskey category in 2021 to date, compared to a 5.5 percent share at this same period in 2020, and a 4.8 percent share in 2019. That’s 1.6 percentage points of growth, or 33 percent, over the past two years.” Additionally, Marketwatch states, “…flavored whiskies continue leveraging consumer enthusiasm to gain ground, reaching an estimated 16.18 million cases in the U.S. last year—compared to under 2 million cases a decade ago.”

Devils Sister Peach (image via Devon Lyon)

Devils Sister Peach (image via Devon Lyon)

Tasting Notes: Devil’s Sister Peach Flavored Whiskey

Vital Stats: No age statement; 70 proof (35% ABV). Mash bill: Undisclosed. 750ml. SRP: $24.99

Appearance: When viewed in the bottle, you might see a little peachy-orange, but that’s likely due to the label’s painted color cast influencing the perceived hue. In the glass, the spirit is a pale straw blended with yellow gold.

Nose: As you might expect, the nose is full-on peach fruit with a hint of sweet honey. The aroma was surprisingly natural, like a peach that’s on the verge of overripe.

Palate: Unlike the nose, this whiskey tastes less like peach than it smells, although the distillery states they do use “natural flavors”. The front end is candied sweetness, with a hint of its namesake peach flavor. Unlike the bottle’s description, I didn’t detect any smokiness. There is a pleasant, but very muted mid-mouth warmth – really the only indication that I was drinking whiskey. The tail left me with something akin to low-grade honey, but on the verge of cloyingly sweet.

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Devils Sister Green Apple (image via Devon Lyon)

Devils Sister Green Apple (image via Devon Lyon)

Tasting Notes: Devil’s Sister Green Apple Flavored Whiskey

Vital Stats: No age statement; 70% proof (35% ABV). Mash bill: Undisclosed. 750ml. SRP: $24.99

Appearance: When viewed in the bottle, the green back-label imparts a color cast that creates a greenish, brown-yellow hue. In the glass, the spirit is pale gold corn and light clover honey.

Nose: As soon as it’s poured, candy green apple scent jumps out of the glass. In fact, with the pour sitting a good foot away, the aroma stayed strong. The scent memory is Laffy Taffy mixed with Jolly Rancher’s Green Apple hard candy. If you like those scents, you will enjoy the peppy nose of this flavored whiskey.

Palate: The initial mouthfeel is syrupy tart apples followed closely by a very short burst of warmth, ending with a little caramel. Unlike the bottle’s description, I don’t find any “smoky” hints.

Score:  2.5/5

Final Thoughts: Flavored whisky isn’t for everyone. And one of the challenges in reviewing this category of whiskey is to view it (and rate it) through the lens of the category itself and against other similarly formulated products. So, if you’re intrigued at all, I say give it a whirl. Mix up a fun, bold cocktail (a few recipes can be found here on Devil’s Sister’s website) and try not to be too serious about the whole affair (see what I did there?). If you’re interested in more insight and information on flavored spirits, check out The Whiskey Wash articles: Trendy and Flavored Whiskey by Patrick Girard; and Flavorings in Whiskey: More Common Than You Think by Katelyn Best.

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Devon Lyon has spent the past two decades producing video content as well as writing copy and scripts for clients around the globe. But no matter how strong his natural wanderlust, it’s the Pacific Northwest he calls home. Whether it’s the growing local craft spirit scene, world-class wines, or a...