Admittedly, we don’t review a lot of schnapps here, but when Hiram Walker asked us to look at Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, I figured it couldn’t hurt. The company’s triple sec is an amazing product at a ridiculously cheap price. And who doesn’t like cinnamon?
Well, grated atop your eggnog cinnamon it’s one thing, but flavoring a 90 proof liqueur it’s something else entirely.
Original Cinn is naturally-flavored (and caramel-colored), and the nose is surprisingly not just cinnamon: It’s got a lot of apple in there too, giving the schnapps more of a mulled cider character than straight cinnamon. Don’t get me wrong — Original Cinn kicks like nobody’s business when that cinnamon does get into gear, leaving you feeling like you just took a whiff out of something on your spice rack. The alcohol adds serious heat, too, giving this a real one-two punch. But the body is smoother and more lush than you’d think, and the finish isn’t as rough as you’d expect, either. A generous helping of sugar in the mix helps to mellow things out in the finish, giving Original Cinn more nuance and drinkability than it really deserves to have.
Still, it’s certainly nothing I’d drink on any sort of regular basis, but if you need to add a touch of cinnamon to a cocktail, Original Cinn is indeed a credible way to do it.
B / $11 / hiramwalker.com
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