1st Tabasco, now Sriracha: New Hot Sauce Whiskey Release Continues Trend Nobody Wanted
For better or worse, the hot-sauce whisky trend didn’t end there. Oregon’s Hood River Distillers has continued it with the announcement of the latest whisky in its Sinfire line: Sinfire Sriracha Honey Whisky.
“We are very excited to shake things up in the flavored whisky category with such a unique and exciting flavor combination. The blend of Sriracha and honey takes the consumer on a rollercoaster of flavors from sweet to spicy and back again,” said Zack Crowe, Marketing Brand Manager at Hood River Distillers, in a news release.
Sriracha Honey Whisky is bottled at 35% ABV — the same as George Dickel’s Tabasco release. The relatively low proof means it is classified as a flavored whisky rather than a bourbon or straight whisky.
Hood River recommends consuming the drink as a chilled shot but says it also can work as a way to give cocktails a “serious kick.”
Sinfire Sriracha Honey is currently available in Oregon and Washington, and Hood River says it will be rolled out to more states in the near future with a suggested retail price of $15.95 for a 750-milliliter bottle.
The other Hood River Sinfire flavors are cinnamon, apple cinnamon and vanilla cinnamon.
Nose: Honeycomb, caramel, red pepper, orange blossom and tangerine nectar
Taste: Spicy, warm/thin honey, floral, creamy, red spice pepper, tart rose, rainier cherry and Smarties candy
So, we haven’t tasted this one yet. But a sriracha-flavored whisky selling for $16 a bottle, which for some reason includes Smarties candy in its flavor description, doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But who knows? Maybe it’ll surprise us
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