Full Review

Speckled Tail

Speckled Tail
American Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.99

Speckled Tail
American Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla, orange sherbet, peach-pecan pie, rainbow snocone, and candy corn and wheat grass with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, snappy dill, tart nectarine, and rose perfume finish. A pleasant blended whiskey with wide appeal.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity & Candied
Aroma Aroma: vanilla, orange sherbet, peach-pecan pie, rainbow snocone, and candy corn and wheat grass
Taste Flavor: dill, tart nectarine, and rose perfume
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Tipperary #1, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasant blended whiskey with wide appeal.

The Producer

Florida Caribbean Distillers

The Producer
530 N. Dakota Ave
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
USA
1 863-956-1116

Their Portfolio

86 Alto Grande 5 Year Rum 40% (Puerto Rico) $21.99.
85 Capriccio NV Sangria 13.9% (USA) $7.99.
88 Capriccio NV White Sangria 13.9% (USA) $7.99.
84 Capriccio NV Rosé Sangria 13.9% (USA) $7.99.
88 Capriccio NV Watermelon Sangria 13.9% (USA) $7.99.
83 Club Caribe Mango Rum 27.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Club Caribe Banana Rum 27.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Club Caribe Pineapple Rum 27.5% (USA) $11.99.
84 Club Caribe Raspberry Rum 27.5% (USA) $11.99.
84 Club Caribe Silver Rum 40% (USA) $11.99.
90 Colville 5 YO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 43% (USA) $19.99.
87 Florida Old Reserve Orange Liqueur 40% (USA) $19.99.
84 Mad Hen Fiery Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey 21% (USA) $10.99.
85 Speckled Tail American Whiskey 40% (USA) $16.99.

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.