Review: Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur

Honey- and whiskey-based liqueuers are nothing new. Drambuie, of course, is the classic by which others are measured. There’s also another honey+Scotch spirit called Lochan Ora, and one from Macallan called Amber (which is actually flavored with maple syrup instead of honey).

American Honey is the first American version of this spirit that I’ve seen: A blend of Wild Turkey whiskey and real honey to give you, well, honey-flavored whiskey.

At 71 proof, you get an idea going in how much honey is in the blend, and overall I think it’s a success. The honey isn’t overpowering but you can still get a good taste of it, and it’s not too viscous and sweet, a common complaint with Drambuie.

Mind you, it’s still a honey-sweet experience, though the nose doesn’t really suggest such. There are some flowery herbs (lavender?) in the finish, but it’s a real hunt to find them. I could see all manner of dessert drinks coming out of this spirit, but it was just fine consumed straight… just leave a good gap between your dram and dinner. It really blows out the palate if you’re planning on having something savory later on.

B+ / $22 / wildturkeybourbon.com

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64 Responses to Review: Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur

  1. i’m not usually one for anything other than straight whiskey or bourbon but i saw this and decided to give it a try and i have to say it was a nice change. very pleasurable

  2. i wasn’t a wild turkey fan, but i got a free bottle from work and served it over ice and it was very sweet and very nice. unlike the original wild turkey this one is easy to sip down.

  3. this stuff is great very smooth with a classic kick

  4. Bought my first bottle tonight. Let it sit in the freezer for a couple of hours. Very nice drink. A change from my Rum…this is my drink for the winter months.

  5. I thought I would give it a shot since people always talk about a “hot toddy” of Whiskey/Honey/Lemon but, I can never get the mix right.
    This stuff is the BOMB!
    Whiskey and honey at the perfect consistency. I even added some lemon so, even though I’m not sick now, it may very well ward off any illnesses.
    I’m not sick yet!

  6. Serve it cold, kick back,enjoy slowly and cheer on those pittsburgh steelers.Great taste,Great drink

  7. This was purchased as a “substitute” for the more pricey Drambuie (which I truly enjoy). Not nearly as viscous (thick), and a somewhat sweeter palate (since not backed by Scotch), but not as friendly ‘nose’. I was gladly surprised when tasting this as opposed to the nose it presents. It does have a strong whiskey nose quality-they can fix that with a flavorless aromatic), and on the rocks, she is very, very sweet and light with a Clover Honey coating…No thickness in the throat at all, and great for backing up against an amber like POINT.
    Tasty, and for $11 for a pint a good value. And a great bottle design to boot!!

    Move over Drambuie!

  8. This is one of the “BEST”!!!
    I wouldn’t change a thing!!
    OMG~~~It’s i4gugn3ig3n!!!!
    AWESOME!!!!

  9. I tried it one night at the club back in December 2007, asked the bartender to give me a shot of something different. He gave me Wild Turkey American Honey. I said are you sure? He said I bet you’ll love it. He was right! Delicious and smooth. I had 5 shots in all that night. Didn’t feel it at first but later on…oh my goodness. Turned one of my buddies on to it as well. Went out a few days later and picked up a bottle. My shelf has been stocked with it ever since. I love it.

  10. I picked up a bottle last minute before a party a few weeks ago. I wanted to try something different. It will be a permanent fixture in my liquor cabinet from now on, along with a couple of other attendees.

  11. I am surprised to see negative reviews of American Honey on the web. I am not a Wild Turkey drinker (prefer Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve), but American Honey is teriffic. It does not need any mixers with it, and is easy to drink right out of the bottle straight. And at 71 proof, they are not kidding around. I can only imagine that people that feel that it is “too sweet” probably hate “mixed drinks” altogether.

  12. I tried this over the Holidays as well and to my surprise it was smoothest I have ever had. I have tried to pick up a bottle but will get a case If I could but it’s been on back order ever since I tried it. I would recommend 100%.

  13. i just got turned onto this in the last couple of weeks. some friends and i were having a few drinks and one of them popped a bottle of this out. i was hesitant at first because i prefer sipping on jack daniels or makers mark. i was afraid it would be too sweet. i was pleasantly surprised! while it is sweet it is not overpowering and the bourbon flavor is not at all overpowered, but accented very well. while it won’t replace my jack or makers mark, it has found it’s way into the rotation.

  14. I saw somenone wearing a shirt that said “Show me the honey”. My mom’s name was Honey. My mom passed away a couple of years ago, but I would like to get some of these shirts for my family. Please contact me at this e mail or call me at 619-518-2490.

    Thank you
    Carlos A. Moreno

  15. pittsburghwskylvr

    My friend brought a bottle of this to a party a few weeks ago and asked me to try it. I immediately agreed to take a swig. The following night, I drank a fifth of it! An instant classic in my book.

  16. I love this drink! Everyone I get to try it loves it also! I have always been a fan of Wild Turkey but after a long night/week of work, American Honey is what i turn to for an enjoyable evening. It is so smooth with the flavor of honey, yet you can still taste the hint of bourbon. I just went to the store and came back with three bottles. My hats off to whoever created this amazing drink!

  17. I’m not a huge Whiskey drinker – Bourbon or Scotch – but do enjoy one every now and then. I have walked past this product several times – noticed it but never made a purchase, until a couple of weeks ago.

    The guy at the counter asked me if I had purchased it before… apparently, he had never sold a bottle. Neither had his colleagues. Well, all that is about to change… I’m aboutto head back for my 2nd bottle and am pretty confident I will always want a bottle in my booze cabinet.

    There is only one possible problem. I’m in New Zealand and if they aren’t selling much of it, it might disapear from our shelves. I don’t believe ‘Wild Turkey’ is a particularly strng brand here, with most bourbon drinkers here (seemingly) perferring ‘Jim Beam’.

    I like the idea that one of the posters here had – to put it in the freezer. I might try that next time.

    10 points from me!

  18. Usually, I am the one to avoid drinking anything at all, but this one was introduced to me by a friend of mine. I have been drinking it ever since! I love the smooth taste. Not to mention, it is the only drink that I have been introduced to, so far, that I am able to blend with PEPSI instead of coke. I find that the pepsi makes it taste even better. For people who drink sociably, will find that Wild Turkey American Honey is not overpowering and the effects of the bourbon are warming not burning to the throat.

    Wild Turkey American Honey gets a rating of: A++++ in my book!

  19. A friend filled a glass of American Honey for me at a stream side dedication. I am not a huge Wild Turkey fan, but this is very smooth and I enjoyed it. I have since purchased the product and take the drink straight with no ice or water. Usually I have a glass of red wine in the evening, but I sometimes have a glass the American Honey instead.

  20. I had a bad cold this winter which left me with a cough from a dry tickle in my throat. This was the perfect treatment. Just a little sip every few minutes eased the symptoms amazingly well. I liked that it was so smooth straight out of the bottle and that it would coat my throat so well. Plus as the other reviewers note it tastes great. If you check out other OTC cough remedies they are about 60 proof with alcohol any way so this is right in line.

  21. chucky2334

    nasty, nasty, nasty…i’ll stick to regular 101

  22. Wild Turkey’s a pretty nasty bourbon, but I’d think that adding some honey would distract from the normal flavor enough to make this enjoyable. Aside from that, it would probably be a great way to experience your first hangover.

  23. Jackson Berry

    Me and my girlfriend were at the class 6 on post a few months ago. well i picked out my usual assortment of alcohol for our upcoming party and told here to pick up a few things the women would like among them she picked up midori, malibu coconut rum, and american honey.. well needless i tried some during out party by mistake and well next thing i knew i had one of the guys driving me up to the local shell to pick up FIVE more bottles everyone loved it!

  24. I was turned onto this by a friend who mixed it with cream soda and it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Definatly a goto from now on.

  25. Xero is an ass. Wild Turkey is the bourbon against which all others are measured. And come up short, by the way.

  26. LOVE American Honey. I’m a Scotch drinker, normally, but this is the perfect drink for when I want something sweeter. I have introduced this to some girlfriends who are not normally scotch or whiskey drinkers – they all love it too! And my boyfriend is now hooked on it, and he was a Jack Daniels drinker. Anybody found a great case price on it? If so, please let the rest of us know.

  27. I was introduced to American Honey by a barmaid that mixed it up with some other ingredients to make a drink that tasted just like a cream soda. I normally don’t drink hard liquor, but this will definitely stay on my shelf. I’ve gotten into the habit of mixing it with Sierra Mist, a vanilla liqueur and triple sec. It comes pretty darn close to that drink I had at the bar. Or I’ll just mix it with Sierra Mist, either way it’s great! Enjoy!!!

  28. Has this vanished from the shelves elsewhere? This week in Chicago I haven’t found it anywhere that it’s usually stocked…

  29. This stuff is the best! I usually have coke with my bourbon….. not anymore! I am switching to straight AH!!! Soooo sweet and smooth!

  30. I picked up a bottle of this at the distillery tour and love it. I hope I can find it at the stores when I get home.

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  33. Tried this for the first time on vacation this year in Missouri. They had 99c small bottles. It was amazing. Hard to find later on here in Arizona but have found one store that caries it. It’s a bit pricey as far as but great tasting!!!

  34. I was at my Pool Hall and saw it over on the shelf, and asked for a shot. All I wanted was to add it to my Pantry. It is good over ice, straight up, or mixed with soda water, Though with Soda it is so mild you might not even taste the honey flowing.

    It is a great addition to anyone’s collection of things to drink.

  35. Great drink, always there along with Jack D. and some pbr at every bbq contest

  36. I tried this stuff for the first time last night, and loved it. My local liquor store had a special on the mini bottles (99 cents) so I bought four. Poured two of them over ice in high-ball glass and sipped it while watching the DVD Flying Pumpkins, a documentary about the World Championship Pumpkin Chunkin Championships. Throughly enjoyed both the DVD and the drink. The sweetness of the honey irons out the bourbons bitterness perfectly.

    Just before bedtime I had a second drink with the other two bottles. Helped lull me to sleep right nicely. I’ll be picking up a full bottle of this golden throat charmer tonight after work

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  40. Picked up a bottle today as I was looking for something to fill my flask prior to a hiking trip. This fills the bill. An enjoyable drink, but sweet enough that you won’t be drinking a lot of it at any one sitting. Works well over ice after dinner.

  41. Wore the T – shirt to a beekeepers meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The shirt was the hit of the nite. Everyone wanted my “show me the Honey” shirt. I could have sold a dozen. We beekeepers support most businesses that supports honeybees.
    Oh ya! the bourbon’s not bad either. Good for a sore throat.

  42. Tried this because I always thought WT was a good bourbon, and I enjoyed other whiskey and honey liquers like Yukon Jack and Celtic Crossing. By far the best tasting I have tried. Delicious and smooth with a nice kick. However, by some strange quirk this blend has an almost hallucinogenic effect on me. One night after consuming a lot of it I literally had some sort of past-life flashback to the Civil War with vivid images and sounds of cannons and hand to hand combat. Had trouble breathing and kept yelling ‘Bring those guns to the line’ and ‘They’re killing us.’ Have had milder but still strange reactions on a few other occasions. Since then my wife calls it ‘the Poison.’ Never had any similar reaction to any other drink. Are we sure they are not sneaking some kind of mushroom into this stuff? Still love to drink it anyway.

  43. I’m with Alan…there’s something about American honey that effects your mind! I’ve been drinkin for 20 years and have never blacked out… I threw a costume party for Halloween and Prior to taking a shot of American honey I had 2 yaegger (not sure how to spell it) bombs and 1 margaritta over the course of about an hour or two. A friend offered me a shot of American honey so I took it… No big deal I thought! I was outa my mind the rest of the party… I have no recollection of my party shortly after that shot! Some people have suggested that it’s because of the honey… The sugars in the honey are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than alcohol and since the wild turkey is absorbed into the honey it gets to ur bloodstream much quicker… I don’t know really…it makes some sense but is there any way to proove it?? Does anyone have any thoughts on this theory?

  44. Try it with water and mint,I did this as a derby celebration and think I stumbled onto the simplest best mint julep ever!!

  45. I was raised on Jack Daniels, and am very loyal. I’ve been know to partake of Gentleman’s Jack, and occasionally Maker’s, but Jack is generally my go to. Last summer a bartender in Lewes, DE introduced me to American Honey, and I’ve been searching for it ever since. To my delight, I found it this evening and it is a perfect substitute for my precious Jack in my sinus infection cure all hot toddy!!!!!!!! Nite nite!!!

  46. I came across Evan Williams Honey Reserve on the local military base today. It was $12.50 vs $20 for American Honey. I think I still favor AH, but not at the premium. Especially since I typically use it as a sweetener in hot tea/cider, not straight. I got the very last bottle of EWHR, which was right next to the AH. The AH stock was 100% full.

  47. Okay, but wish the Wild Turkeys had not changed the formula. The original Wild Turky Liqueur was far better than the new formula. Just savored my last shot of the old stuff. Nowhere to be found now. Out with the new, bring back the old–please.

  48. A friend discovered this tasty mix, after the 1st sip I was hooked. I recommend it to everyone I know. I see a lot of comments on this site recommending serving cold, but I honestly love it at room temp. Only problem is a lot of bars have not even heard of american honey yet, if I keep hounding them maybe it will catch on..cheers! Bia hoi!

  49. Mixed 1/2 American Honey with 1/2 Baileys on New Years Eve. It was the bomb.

  50. Love this stuff, In which I drank 6 shots in the one night and could have easily finished off the entire bottle in one sit in, how ever I beared in mind of the next day hang over which wouldn’t have been very pleasant that’s for sure. In N.S.W Sydney Australia, I paid $44.00 Aussie dollars for this delicious bottle, because this stuff is so expensive, I make it last.

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