Here’s something you don’t see much of any more: blended whiskey. This isn’t bourbon, or artisanal rye, or anything micro. It’s a budget whiskey, blended from who knows what (including, in this case, both aged corn whiskey and neutral grain spirit) and bottled on the cheap.
There’s no standing on ceremony here. If you like very sweet, uncomplicated whiskey, Alibi does the trick. The nose doesn’t have too much to say, just brown sugar, and maybe a bit of wood. On the tongue, the sweetness doesn’t work too hard to keep itself under wraps. Here it’s not so much a brown sugar character as it is a big butterscotch and Bit O Honey experience. That sweetness goes a long way toward masking the alcohol — which is often the idea with blended whiskeys — leaving behind a finish that is mostly sweet tea, some marshmallow, and a little bit of grain on the back end.
I expect this isn’t the kind of whiskey that most Drinkhacker readers are typically interested in, but for what it aspires to be (an affordable mixer), it manages to get the job done reasonably well.
B- / $24 / alibiwhiskey.com
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