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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: A Bit O' Honey Reply with quote
 
Khakismurf and I did a micro-tasting this weekend, just her and I. We had decided earlier in the week, for some unknown reason at this point, to determine which of the current honey/whiskey liqueurs that we liked best. After the decision had been made I started hitting local liquor stores to grab nip (50mL) bottles of the five liqueurs we had determined would be the ones to be compared. After four days and twelve (!) stores we had a bottle each of Jack Daniels' Tennessee Honey, Seagram's 7 Dark Honey, Bushmill's Irish Honey, Evan William's Honey, and Wild Turkey American Honey -- the last of which was the hardest to find. Saturday afternoon we sat down, broke out the measuring cup, the sample cups, the samples, my notebook, and a large glass of water. Here's how it went.

5.) Bushmill's Irish Honey: Pale Gold color, Thin legs, Honey/Apple/Alcohol nose, Heather/Brief Honey/Alcohol taste, Alcohol Burn aftertaste.

The clear loser in this taste-off. Barely any honey taste and some rather young tasting Bushmills malt to boot.

4.) Seagram's 7 Dark Honey: Gold color, Thin legs, Sweet/Ginger nose, Honey/Ginger/Spice/Orange Citrus taste, Light Spice aftertaste.

This is where Khakismurf and I began to disagree. She thought the Seagram's was more sweet but did not actually have as much of a honey note. I thought it had more flavors than our next entrant.

3.) Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey: Gold color, Moderately Thin legs, Sweet/Ginger nose, Ginger/Honey/Light Spice taste, Light Spice aftertaste.

I thought this was thinner and had more alcohol flavor than the Seagram's. Khakismurf thought this was more mellow and had more of an actual honey flavor.

2.) Evan William's Honey: Pale Gold color, Moderately Thin legs, Starburst (the candy) nose, Honey/Orange Peel/Tiny Spice taste.

Not quite as good as the American Honey, to me. Khakismurf preferred this over the WT as our number one.

1.) Wild Turkey American Honey: Pale Gold color, Thin legs, Citrus/Honey nose, Honey/Citrus/Spice taste, Light Spice aftertaste, Thicker mouthfeel.

With a sweeter, more honey-like flavor, this took first place for me. I have a massive sweet-tooth. Khakismurf liked this one also, but found it a bit too sweet. In combination with the mouthfeel it made her think it was a bit syrupy. I think this and the Evan William's could be switched for the top position depending on how you intended on using them.

So there you have it. Comments, questions, concerns?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
This sounded like great fun... and that is the advantage of saving smaller bottles of everything different that you open at home... NOTES appear elsewhere on L&K about small bottles.

A couple years ago, a group of did this with PUMPKIN Beers/Ales... and now is a great time to Do Again.

I appreciate the tasting notes... because the Honeys go great on Fruit, Ice cream, Greek Yogurt, Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, etc. ... and selecting one will be easier. Thanks !!!


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i am very concerned.


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LAME!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
Seth wrote:

i am very concerned.



Dr. Mixologist Extradorinare is concerned? Really !!!


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LAME!!!



Hmmmmmm... Don't you remember all you learned in K'garten?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
zzelda wrote:

This sounded like great fun... and that is the advantage of saving smaller bottles of everything different that you open at home... NOTES appear elsewhere on L&K about small bottles.


The hard part was tracking everything down.

zzelda wrote:

A couple years ago, a group of did this with PUMPKIN Beers/Ales... and now is a great time to Do Again.


Someone else will have to do that, 'cause that's not my thing.

zzelda wrote:

I appreciate the tasting notes... because the Honeys go great on Fruit, Ice cream, Greek Yogurt, Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, etc. ... and selecting one will be easier. Thanks !!!


You're welcome.

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i am very concerned.


Why?

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LAME!!!

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Hmmmmmm... Don't you remember all you learned in K'garten?


No, it's okay, I deserved that.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
I recently picked up a bottle of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey because it was on sale cheap at BJ's Wholesale and I was curious - but I haven't gotten around to cracking it open yet. (Sorry for cheating on Julio's!)

I'm a big fan of mead and Barenjager, so I'm curious about honey in beverages. So I appreciate the round-up.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
megazone wrote:

I recently picked up a bottle of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey because it was on sale cheap at BJ's Wholesale and I was curious - but I haven't gotten around to cracking it open yet. (Sorry for cheating on Julio's!)


It happens. We all have moments of weakness. Wink

megazone wrote:

I'm a big fan of mead and Barenjager, so I'm curious about honey in beverages.


I've never tried Barenjager, unfortunately I couldn't find a nip size and include it in the tasting. I've tried a few meads, I can't remember if they were dry or wet, and they never live up to what I think they should taste like. These liqueurs fit that bill.

megazone wrote:

So I appreciate the round-up.


No problem.


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The gentleman sitting next to me at the tasting last night, I've forgotten his name/handle at the moment, asked why we didn't try the Red Stag Honey Tea along with the other honey liqueurs. Khakismurf and I both felt that the tea flavors in that expression of Red Stag made it different enough that it wouldn't be a fair comparison. We are planning on comparing it to the Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, if I can track down a nip size of the RS Honey Tea. I know it's Whisk(e)y vs. Vodka but they are aiming at a similar taste profile.


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