The flavored whiskey market has exploded in recent years, and now Germany company Berentzen has entered the fray with their own twist on things.
Berentzen Bushel & Barrel takes Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and mixes it with their apple liqueur (which consists of neutral spirits, caramel coloring, and natural flavors). The result is one of the more pleasing flavored whiskeys I’ve tried.
Not surprisingly, it smells like apples. Alcoholic apples, with bubble gum and cinnamon. The taste is sweet and cider-like, with the apple flavor shining through, along with some bitterness from the neutral spirits. There’s a little bit of oak and vanilla from the bourbon, but not much. The finish is very short and sweet.
Berentzen Bushel & Barrel reminds me more of a bottled cocktail than a unique spirit. But as bourbon and apples go together very well, it’s certainly not an unpleasant combination. If you love apples, a glass of it on the rocks would make for a nice, sweet treat.