Coconut whiskey exists. It’s clear. It comes in a durable, pocketable stainless steel can. And, here’s the real shocker: It tastes great and is definitely worth buying.
Stillhouse is no stranger to flavored whiskeys—they made their mark with a mint chip-flavored spirit (that we really liked). But, aside from the ice cream-inspired offering, their flavors tend towards the more expected, like the cinnamon-flavored Red Hot whiskey, the Apple Crisp and the Peach Tea. The Coconut ($29) stands out as a departure from the normal perception of how whiskey should taste and when whiskey should be sipped. Typically, whiskey is considered a fall or wintertime spirit. And, if it’s sipped in the summer, it’s usually paired with mint in a Julep or muddled into a fruity smash. It’s a down-on-the-farm summer drink. It’s a from-the-flask-by-a-campfire summer drink. It’s not a beach drink. But Stillhouse’s coconut definitely is.
Like the distillery’s other flavored whiskeys, their Coconut offering is best served ice cold—this whiskey belongs in your freezer, not on your mantle. It smells like a Piña Colada, like fresh toasted coconut. And it tastes like a Piña Colada too, albeit it with more of a bite. It’s perfect for sipping poolside or on a beach towel in the sand, either chilled and served straight or poured over ice (if you want to smooth out that alcoholic heat). It’s cool and silky and doesn’t need a chaser or a mixer—though pineapple juice would be acceptable, if you absolutely insist.
Is it going to impress your whiskey snob buddy? No. But that’s OK. They probably don’t want to hang out at the beach anyway.