About Flavored Spirit Whiskey

About Flavored Spirit Whiskey
The legal definition of a spirit whiskey is one that is a mixture of neutral spirits and not less than 5% on a proof gallon basis of whiskey. While this category has been defined for some time, the production of spirit whiskey in the United States is a fairly new development. These products are not blended whiskeys (whiskeys of different types), but rather whiskey blended with other spirits, such as vodka. Styles vary, with some being clear and others having an amber color. Flavored spirit whiskies have additional flavoring added to them such as spiced, or apple flavors. These are primarily meant for cocktails, while a few of the finest artisan examples are ideal served neat or over ice.

Top Picks for Flavored Spirit Whiskey

Southern Comfort Original Spirit Whiskey
83 points
$14
Dark amber color. Confected aromas of bubble gum, rainbow sherbet, and circus peanuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length butterscotch, chocolate milk, and almonds finish. A silky, fruity and outgoing whiskey with fun candied flavors.
Southern Comfort Black Black Label Spirit Whiskey
83 points
$17
Dark amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of bubble gum, spumoni, banana taffy, and black licorice with a silky, bright, light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish displaying accents of sweet corn fritters, caramel, and fruit punch. A uniquely fruity and candied whiskey with wide appeal.