Today we'll be examining another entry in a hot and increasingly congested market for spirits, Bird Dog Peach Flavored Whiskey. Bird Dog Whiskey comes by way of Wilson, WY through the Western Spirits Beverage Company. You may remember another product of theirs reviewed late last year, Sam Houston Straight Whiskey. According to both Western Spirits and Bird Dog's websites, this is a mix of straight Bourbon whiskey and natural flavors. Not a whole ton of other information is provided.
There's honestly no point in trying to dissect flavors or to attempt to over-analyze this product. It tastes exactly as you might imagine, like peaches. There are the requisite undertones of the barrel at play, faint hints of vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak. Just don't buy this whiskey expecting to come away with more Bourbon drinking experience because of it. That said, despite the fact that it is a flavored and sweetened whiskey which have typically faired poorly with this examiner, Bird Dog Peach Whiskey is not at all bad.
It certainly is not to be placed in the same boat as a whiskey I reviewed earlier this year, Evan Williams Cinnamon Flavored Bourbon for instance (see links below for review). Bird Dog is balanced in its sweetness, and the peach flavoring tastes exactly as it should. Poured simply over a glass with ice, it evolves into a refreshing spirit to sip on days of relaxation. Pick up a bottle for around 19 dollars at your local Spec's Wines, Spirits, and Finer Foods.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Suggested Tasting Method: On the rocks.