Cinnamon-flavored liquors might taste like a burning Christmas tree, but it looks like George Dickel has successfully brought the heat to brown booze with in their award-winning bottle of Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish.
The Tennessee-based distillery aged their traditional 70-proof whiskey in barrels provided by MciIlhenny Company-owned hot sauce brand. A press release from Diageo, George Dickel's parent company, has further details:
Finished in barrels used to age tabasco peppers for three years, George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish has a deliciously spicy flavor. George Dickel takes its Tennessee whisky and rests it in these barrels for 30 days, allowing the spice and flavor imparted on the wood from the tabasco peppers to add its unique finish.
Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce is then distilled to create an essence, which is carefully blended together with the whisky to create George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish. The result is a deliciously spicy shot, which recently won a Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
"George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and Tabasco are two of the most iconic brands the South has to offer for a reason," said Jeff Parrott, Director of American Whiskey Development at Diageo. "Both brands have such a rich history, and we're proud to collaborate with our friends at McIlhenny Company to marry their unique flavor with our quality Tennessee whisky."
Pick up a bottle of George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish for $25 at a liquor store near you this May.
h/t: Bro Bible