Maple syrup is a distinctive North-American product. The wonderful flavour of maple syrup has been a chef’s staple for many years and now it is used by bartenders. Maple syrup packs more complexity and flavour than the simple sugar syrup. Maple flavour is also making a subtle entry into the spirit category of whiskeys. The flavored-whiskey market is one of the fastest growing liquor segments. Even though it is still a small fraction of the overall whiskey category, sales are going up. Maple is one of the flavors that matches well with whiskey. This flavored-whiskey category is designed to pull in people who are not whiskey drinkers, like myself. We have seen the evolution of flavored-vodka and spiced-rum, now it is whiskeys turn. There are dozens of maple flavored-whiskey brands that have shown up on the market since 2012 so check-out the shelves of your favorite liquor store. Here are five brands that you might want to try.
CROWN ROYAL MAPLE
It is Crown Royals signature whisky with a touch of natural maple flavour. The master blender finished the whisky with maple toasted oak to yield a smooth experience.
Cabin Fever is a 3 year old, 80 proof whisky that is infused with real grade B dark maple syrup. A very unique flavor with intense aromas, a delicate blend of oak and maple that comes together in harmony.
TAP 357 – MAPLE RYE WHISKY
Tap 357 is a blended Canadian whisky (crafted from 3, 5, and 7 year old rye whisky). Once aged, the whiskies are combined with pure Canadian grade A maple syrup.
KNOB CREEK – SMOKED MAPLE BOURBON
Released a few months ago, this is one of the newest maple flavored-whiskey. the bottle was inspired by its founder, Booker Noe, who loved maple syrup and was known to haul around homemade smoked ham.