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Henderson

Henderson
American Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Henderson
American Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Aromas of moist banana muffins, vanilla candied walnut, and buckwheat pancake with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length caramel sauce, steamed milk, and black licorice finish. A solid blended whiskey with lots of soft fruit notes; youthful.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: moist banana muffins, vanilla candied walnut, and buckwheat pancake
Taste Flavor: caramel sauce, steamed milk, and black licorice
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Irish Coffee, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid blended whiskey with lots of soft fruit notes; youthful.

The Producer

Southwest Spirits & Wine

The Producer
9761 Clifford Dr, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75220
USA
1 817-999-2153

Their Portfolio

93 Calamity Texas Dry Gin 40% (USA) $24.99.
88 Henderson American Whiskey 40% (USA) $11.99.
84 Knockmore Blended Irish Whiskey 40% (Ireland) $28.99.
84 Luchador Ready-to-Drink Margarita 9.95% (USA) $4.99.
83 Luchador Lime Margarita Mix 0% (USA) $11.99.
84 Nue Vodka 40% (USA) $11.99.
85 Nue Grapefruit Vodka 35% (USA) $11.99.
85 Title 21 American Whiskey 40% (USA) $24.99.
85 Title No. 21 Bourbon Whiskey 42% (USA) $29.99.
85 Title No. 21 Rye Whiskey 45% (USA) $29.99.

American Blended Whiskey

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Blended American Whiskey is required to contain at least 20% straight whiskey; with the balance being unaged neutral spirit or, in a few cases, high-proof light whiskey. It has a general whiskey flavor profile (most closely resembling Bourbon), but lacks any defining taste characteristic.

Blended whiskies date from the early 19th century when the invention of the column still made possible the production of neutral spirits. Distillers would blend one or more straight whiskies (Bourbon and Rye) with these neutral spirits in varying proportions to create their own branded blend. The taste and quality of these whiskies, then as now, varies according to the ratio of straight whiskey to neutral grain spirit. Early blends were frequently flavored with everything from sherry to plug tobacco. Compared to straight whiskies they were relatively inexpensive and bland in character. Modern blends utilize dozens of different straight whiskies to insure a consistent flavor profile. Blended American whiskies had a great sales boost during and just after World War II when distillers promoted them as a way of stretching their limited supply of straight whiskey. This sales spike did not last, however. Blended whiskies were considered to be too bland by Bourbon and Rye drinkers, and consumers with a taste for lighter spirits soon migrated to Vodka and Gin. Blended whiskies have been leading the pack in declining sales over the past few decades.