All Star Country Duo Florida Georgia Line Release A Whiskey Nobody Asked For
Welcome back to another segments of “Great vs Terrible” a series that notes when terrible people are involved with great whiskey, and vice versa. In this case, we’re looking at the great musical duo: Florida Georgia Line – and their terrible Old Camp Whiskey release.
Nothing goes together better than a great whiskey and an awesome soundtrack. Florida Georgia Line, the all start country music duo comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, surely know this. With some of the most popular songs of all time, including Cruise – the most downloaded Country music song of all time, there’s no doubt that music comes easy for FGL.
Whiskey though? Not so much.
Old Camp is a whiskey liqueur released by the Line Brothers. Out for less than a year, it’s starting to surface in whiskey markets all across the country, just in time for summer and concert season. Looking at the specs, there’s nothing immediately impressive. A 2 year old whiskey, with added sugar and peach/pecan flavoring is a real head scratcher. Whiskey definitely doesn’t need to be 10+ years old to be good, just look at Wild Turkey or Jack Daniels, but 2 years is a lack of aging almost impossible to overcome (although there is the occasional exception), even with sugar and flavoring.
No doubt modeled after the runaway success of Fireball, which combines neutral grain spirits and cinnamon additives, it’s a surprise that the band that often references Moonshine (unaged whiskey distillate) would make a move towards the fruit portion of the flavor spectrum. Bottled at a measly 35% ABV, it’s not even strong enough to actually be legally certified as whiskey, as well.
All in all, if you’re looking for a great tailgate whiskey, you can’t go wrong with the real thing. There’s no shame in mixing with Coke, sweet tea, or another mixer of choice, but do your day after concert hangover a favor and skip the sugary liqueurs. We recommend Evan Williams Single Barrel or Early Times if you’re looking for a far better, <$20 bourbon in its place.
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