In the world of flavored whiskies, large players like Jack Daniel’s aren’t the only ones trying to appeal to those who don’t always like the burn whiskey can have when you drink it. Small operations, such as Barrister & Brewer out of North Carolina are also jumping on the trend, recently unveiling in their home state something known as Mystic Bourbon Liqueur.
Mystic Bourbon Liqueur is described as being a small batch spirit blending spiced liqueur and bourbon. It is said to descend from a “centuries-old Scottish recipe,” and indeed, according to this article, one of its creators who was on a visit to Scotland for a “gathering of clan descendants” got the idea from a brought back Scottish liqueur bottle that broke by accident.
Working with a local distiller, the founders created a flavored bourbon that, according to official tasting notes, has a classic bourbon nose that “gives way to notes of candied orange and wild flower honey laced with hints of mint and anise. The full-body features a delicate combination of black peppercorn and cinnamon on the mid-palate, complementing the soft essence of vanilla and citrus. The long finish culminates in a classic toffee-bourbon note with a faint ginger echo.”
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...