10 Best Apple Whiskey Brands
Perfect for fall, apple whiskey combines one of our favorite spirits with crisp apple flavor. Here's what to look for at the liquor store.
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What Is Apple Whiskey?
This spirit typically features the flavor of a crisp apple blended with hints of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon or nutmeg, creating one of the coziest sips of the season. If you’re new to whiskey, check out our beginner’s guide to the most popular types of whiskey.
Bursting with the flavor of fresh, ripe apples, Bird Dog Apple’s sweet flavor fades to bourbon with a lingering cinnamon zest for a savory and smooth finish. Perfect for enjoying on a crisp fall day. While bourbon and whiskey have a lot in common, here’s the difference between the two spirits.
Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Whiskey
Winner in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Rattlesnake Rosie’s features Iron Smoke Distillery’s handcrafted corn whiskey blended with New York apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. This delicious combination results in a fresh-baked apple pie flavor, not unlike this popular apple pie recipe.
While applewood is different than an apple, if you want something smokier that still has a fall feel, try the Iron Smoke Applewood. Winner of the Double Gold at the 2017 North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition, this whiskey’s four grains are smoked over applewood before the milling and mashing process.
A contemporary twist on a traditional apple pie, Whiskey Girl Apple & Maple features flavors of rich maple and a hint of lime. The brand uses both red and green apples to ensure a strong apple flavor. This small-batch whiskey is flavorful without being too sweet. Use it to make one of these popular whiskey cocktails.
Sweet and smooth, Leopold Bros New York Apple features the freshest apples. Once blended with the whiskey, the apples oxidize in charred American oak barrels, giving them notes of dried fruit, apricots and raisins. Its caramel finish is a sweet way to celebrate fall.