Always remember this – liquor before beer – you’re in the clear… Beer before liquor – you’ve never been sicker. Words to live by if you ask us as we kick off yet another installment of drinks of week, featuring: Drambuie, Bacardi Oakheart, and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. Raise your glass and check out our full reviews and drink recipes below.
Steeped in rich history dating all the way back to 1745, Drambuie Whiskey Liqueur is said to be the secret elixir of Scottish Prince, Charles Edward Stuart. His secret recipe has been handed down for over 250 years and has undergone subtle changes along the way. In-fact, most recently, Drambuie has been given a makeover and the brand is finding new life these days in a market saturated with newcomers left and right. Tradition is king, and Drambuie still appears to be the prince!
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: 15 to 17 years
Flavors: Honey, licorice, several spices including mint
Taste: B (Good)
Mix-ability: A- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: B (Good)
Price: $29 – $34 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Drambuie a B+ (Highly Recommended). One of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is to describe Drambuie to someone who’s never tasted it. Let’s put it this way… It’s unique! We found it to be best served chilled or on the rocks, but it also doubles as a superb base for a multitude of mixed drinks. Drambuie is truly smooth and indescribably complex. If you get the opportunity, definitely give it a whirl!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Scottish Renaissance”
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Lemon Juice, 1.5 oz Drambuie, 1/2 oz Tuaca, 1/2 Plum Plum Jam
Directions: Muddle half a plum and a spoonful of plum jam, in a cocktail shaker. Add the lemon juice, the Drambuie, the Tuaca and shake. Pour into glass of crushed ice and stir. Top up with soda or sparkling mineral water and garnish with a lemon twist.
Created with the Bacardi’s finest amber rums, and then mellowed in charred American white oak barrels, Bacardi Oakheart is aged for 1-3 years before being filtered through Bacardi’s own proprietary process.
Think Oakheart is just another ploy to get you to buy Bacardi’s rum? Think again… Oakheart was actually developed in collaboration with thousands of consumers and hundreds of bartenders. In-fact from what we’ve been told more than 2,700 names were considered before the name “Oakheart” was selected. Proving to us that the production of this new spiced rum isn’t all about profits and new customers.
Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Age: 1 – 3 years
Flavors: Maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and vanilla
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price: $12.99 USD(750ml)
Overall: We give Bacardi Oakheart a A- (Highly Recommended). We feel this spiced rum is at its absolute best when mixed. Oakheart is a solid addition to Bacardi’s every growing catalog of legendary rums. And for merely $13 a bottle we don’t see any reason to pass it up on your next trip to the liquor store.
MIX IT UP WITH: “Full Moon Fever”
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Bacardi Oakheart, 1 oz light rum, 2 oz Malibu coconut rum, 1 oz Midori melon liqueur, 1 dash sweet and sour mix, fill with pineapple juice
Directions: Add the three rums and the midori in highball glass with ice. Add a little sour mix for flavor and fill the rest with pineapple juice. It’s a nice light green color. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.
You’re looking at the only “chill mellowed” whisky produced. Anywhere! George Dickel is also one of just a handful of true Tennessee whiskies on the market today. To be considered a “Tennesse Whiskey” it has to be produced in the state of Tennessee and undergo a filtering stage called the “Lincoln County Process”, in which the whiskey is filtered through a thick layer of maple charcoal before it is put into charred new oak barrels for aging. This process is quite expensive and very time-consuming. That’s why you don’t see many Tennessee Whiskey’s out there!
Accolades: George Dickel N0.12 has been awarded two Silver Medals, two Gold Medals and one Double Gold Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Proof: 90 (45% ABV)
Age: 4 years
Flavors: Oak, vanilla, and maple
Taste: B+ (Very Good)
Mix-ability: B (Good)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price: $20 – $30 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give George Dickel No.12 a B+ (Highly Recommended). This is a mans drink! Quite similar in many ways to Jack Daniels, George Dickel No.12 is best served mixed or on the rocks with a few splashes of water. At 90 proof there aren’t many men who can put it down straight from the bottle and keep a straight face. Give it a try, we think you’ll like, we certainly did.
MIX IT UP WITH: “Dew Me”
Ingredients: - 1 oz George Dickel, 1 oz Southern Comfort, 1 splash lemon juice, 4 oz Mountain Dew
Directions: Pour the George Dickel, Southern Comfort and lemon juice into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Fill with or add to taste with Mountain Dew, and serve.