Review: XXX Shine Salted Caramel Corn Whiskey

Shine Family Salted Caramel WhiskeyHow do you take the edge off of white whiskey? You can put it in a barrel for 6 years or so, or you can drop in some flavoring and sell it tomorrow.

Shine (aka “XXX Shine”) makes a straight white dog, but it also makes two flavored versions, a tea flavored whiskey and this, a white dog flavored with salted caramel.

Sounds intriguing, but in reality this is a tricky proposition. Barrel aging alters the flavor of white whiskey directly. Artificially flavoring it merely covers it up. The distinction is important. OK, it’s critical.

Shine Salted Caramel is quite a thing to behold and nearly impossible to describe with accuracy. Uncork the bottle and the aroma of a carnival seeps out and fills the room. The nose is heavily saccharine, overwhelming in its candy shop character, with ample caramel to it.

On the body, it’s not quite as strong, thankfully. Like drinking melted candy corns, it coats the mouth and leaves an incredibly long finish… and a lengthy aftertaste. Eventually you get some corn whiskey notes — nothing fancy or unexpected, just a brisk white dog that is a merciful respite from the diabetic shock you’d otherwise go into after finishing a shot of this stuff.

Maybe useful in an exotic coffee drink.

80 proof.

C- / $25 / shinewhiskey.com

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One Response to Review: XXX Shine Salted Caramel Corn Whiskey

  1. HillbillyfromPhilly

    I gotta say, you missed the boat on this one. While some of your comments are true, it appears you reviewed this as a traditional corn whiskey, and you obviously didn’t enjoy it. It should be reviewed for what it is, and how to appreciate it. This is my new dessert whiskey! Bottom line, it is delicious and perfect to sip on after a good meal or by a fire or to just kick back. Is it an everyday whiskey? Is it something that should be thrown back as a shot? Most likely no to both, but, I think the distillers did a great job with it and it is quite creative. Southern Comfort will put you into sugar shock, not this. Sipping this….. bottom line, it is wonderful!

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