Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whisky
Sure Shot Spirits LLC
About the whiskey:
This premium whiskey is brand-new to the U.S. market. It is distilled by our neighbors to the north in Canada and is blended and bottled in Michigan. Prior to its expansion, Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whisky was sold exclusively in high-end restaurants, lounges, and fine liquor stores. Thankfully, you will soon be able to try some of this vanilla-y goodness at a store or bar near you.
It is a blend of the finest root beer flavoring and a smooth Canadian whiskey that has been aged four years in American oak barrels. Typically, it is consumed neat, but on the rocks works just as well.
The first thing that stood out to me was how strong the smell of root beer was upon opening the bottle. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I guess I expected it to be more subtle. It’s not bad by any means; I was pleasantly surprised. It was recommended that I try it neat first, so I poured myself a small glass and gave it a sip. Immediately I thought, “Is this just root beer? Where’s the alcohol?” But then the whiskey kicked the back of my throat. It’s crazy how much this tastes just like a mug of root beer.
I would equate this to drinking Not Your Father’s Root Beer, but minus the malty aftertaste and with a better kick. I’ll be honest and say that for the first few sips I wasn’t the biggest fan. I think I was just thrown off by how much it tasted like root beer, yet it was whiskey. Once I got used to the taste, though, I loved it and immediately poured myself another glass, this time on the rocks. I liked it even more chilled, as the melting ice helped to smooth and mellow out the kick a bit.
I was going to try it in a Coke, but I couldn’t get myself to do it. It would be like mixing a root beer and a Coke, and that seemed wrong.
General Cigar Company’s Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte Robusto Gordo. This full-flavored and strong cigar ended up being a perfect pairing with the sweetness and strength of the whiskey. It is earthy, nutty, and spicy with a hint of chocolate. Whenever the vanilla scent of the whiskey mixed with the chocolate of the cigar I felt like I was entrenched in a scrumptious dessert. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cigars, and it’s just so beautiful to look at with its dark Ecuadorean Habano wrapper. I would recommend against smoking a sweet cigar with the whiskey, though. I could see them clashing and overshadowing each other.
Wrapper: Ecuadorean Habano ligero
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan ligero
This is a fun whiskey. Sure, you can be a purist and say you’ll never drink a flavored whiskey, but you’ll be missing out. It’s a root beer, it’s a whisky, it’s a hell of a good time. Just pace yourself— this stuff will sneak up on you fast.
Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whisky is sold for $25.99 and is available nationally. For more info, visit rootoutwhisky.com.