Like most great Americans, I love whiskey. And as a genuine whiskey enthusiast, I frequently go exploring in the category. That means I have tried flavored whiskey—both commercially produced versions, and mason jars of homemade infusions (typically bacon, pepper, or vanilla) that my friends and I have whipped up at home.
If your palate is accustomed to regular ol’ delicious brown gold, a glass of flavored whiskey on the rocks may come across as too sweet—or too … other-flavor-besides-whiskey. I get that, and yet, I firmly believe that flavored whiskey has a legit place in our drinking culture—and your home liquor cabinet.
WAIT, DON’T GO! Before you get mad, check out the following three points I think all whiskey lovers can agree on: (1) no spirit offers higher quality across a range of prices than whiskey; (2) great whiskey is arguably best served neat; and (3) neither of the first two points lowers the demand for, or enjoyment of, a well-made whiskey cocktail.
Are you with me? Ok, so ... what is a whiskey cocktail other than whiskey + flavoring elements?