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.

71 proof.


Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. matt rayburn on September 1, 2008 at 8:25 am

    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. brett on September 23, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    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. bob couch on October 17, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    this stuff is great very smooth with a classic kick

  4. trav on October 18, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    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. Jeffrey B on October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    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. tom on November 25, 2008 at 11:34 pm

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

  7. thundar on December 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    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. Anonymous on December 19, 2008 at 5:10 pm

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

  9. Damion T. on December 20, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    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. Aaron H. on December 25, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    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. Bob Zelin on January 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    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. Scott S on January 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    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. carl s on January 21, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    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. carlos moreno on February 26, 2009 at 8:23 am

    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 on February 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    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. socal09 on March 3, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    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. BuckoNZ on March 7, 2009 at 3:04 am

    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. Amina AKA Chocolat Quic on March 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

    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. Keith on April 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    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. zek202 on May 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

    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 on May 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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

  22. Xero on May 27, 2009 at 8:06 am

    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 on May 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    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. Tyler on May 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    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. Raoul on June 1, 2009 at 10:52 am

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

  26. Kelly on June 18, 2009 at 6:42 am

    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. Toi on July 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    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. epbrown on July 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm

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

  29. gobblegirl on July 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    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. Willis on July 31, 2009 at 8:52 am

    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.

  31. Valerie on August 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    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!!!

  32. Charles on August 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    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.

  33. Adam on August 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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

  34. Mark on September 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

    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

  35. BillB on October 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    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.

  36. BeeBo on October 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    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.

  37. Alan on November 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    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.

  38. Candace on November 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    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?

  39. skip on November 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

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

  40. Jacklover on December 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    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!!!

  41. Mac on December 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    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.

  42. James II on January 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    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.

  43. dj on February 7, 2010 at 10:22 am

    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!

  44. Amy on February 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

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

  45. Amber on April 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    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.

  46. Todd on April 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I mixed American Honey with pepsi and it tasted vial (Horrible) trust me dudes, do not mix American honey with coke or pepsi, it spoils the flavour of the honey.

  47. Corey on April 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Amber stated that she had drank 6 shots of American honey in one sit in, which in my opinion is considered excessive (binge drinking) and even more dangerous in females, due to their lower body weights and smaller livers. My point is, stick to the recommended guidelines and enjoy in moderation Amber.

    • Kevin on May 5, 2022 at 3:26 pm


  48. David on April 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I ‘m just wandering if anybody out there has drank an entire bottle of American honey in one sit in, or close to it, like I have. How many drinks can you consume in one sit in, with out getting totally plastered?. Amber 6 shots in one night is a great start, how ever my girl friend can polish off almost half a bottle of American honey in one sit in with out being hang over the next morning.

  49. Josh on April 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    American honey is an awesome drink without adding coke or pepsi.

  50. Spartan864tc on May 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Serve on the rocks and you have mighty fine drink. If you must, add a splash of coke. (Pepsi, if there’s no coke left.) This is one to suit the ladies and gentleman. I’ve finished a whole bottle with one sit in, little-to-no hangover. Finally, a high percentage of alcohol drink that actually taste great!

  51. Gary Glasbluntsky on May 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    LITTLE BIT OF VERMOUTH(extra dry!!!!!!!!!!!!1ONE1!);




  52. Clay on June 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I consumed the entire bottle of American honey last night in one sit in and woke up this morning feeling terrific with little hang over effect. Although my liver doesn’t appreciate the poison,how ever I fixed that problem with Liver cleanse and a shot of vitamin B and now I’m off to work this morning as usual with out having to take the day off work due to those dreaded morning hang overs. In case your wondering by the way…in Australia Sydney, I pay $44.00 Aussie dollars for a bottle of Wild Turkey American Honey Soooooooo Expensive compared to what Americans pay for theirs that’s for sure.

  53. Mac on October 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    It seems Seagrams has their own honey liqueur now based off of 7. I am not a fan. It’s straight swill. Stick with this, Evan Williams Honey Reserve, or Drambuie.

  54. Anonymous on February 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    try the wild turkey american honey do it as a shot with red bull we call it honey bombs it is awesome

  55. [email protected] on December 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    So sad Amber is no longer available.

  56. Traditional Turkey on April 6, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I’m a traditional turkey lover and the only way I could make this american honey drinkable was as follows:

    Quarter cup of American Honey
    Quarter water
    Whole Lemon
    6 mint leafs
    Ice to fill

    If you can improve this, let me know, I still have half a bottle of this sweet crap.

  57. Some Guy on May 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Gary Glasbluntsky has no idea what a real Manhattan is. Ignore his awful, awful suggestion.

    This stuff works fine on the rocks on its own or with equal parts actual bourbon mixed in.

  58. Medievalknight29 on September 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    This stuff is amazing. I’m not too hardcore on hard liquor, but when I first seen these honey flavored whiskey’s coming about, as a mead drinker, I knew I had to try some. I have tried the Dewar’s Highlander Honey and the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. They weren’t bad by any means, but they weren’t great either, but I made do with them. However, I discovered Wild Turkey American Honey and I decided to give this a try. If you ask me, this is better, much better then the Dewar’s or the Jack Daniels honey. I spent a good week with the bottle and I’m down to the last few drops, I drank it at room temperature with a bit of water, not too much water either, just enough to calm it down a bit. It has a great sweet flavor, the honey doesn’t over power the bourbon, nor the bourbon overpower the honey, a nice balance and a very pleasant lingering aftertaste, like your mouth has been coated with honey after eating a small spoonful of it. This is where my search for the best honey flavored whiskey ends, I found my go to and I highly suggest if you haven’t tried this one yet to give it a try!

  59. Roger nation on February 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Omg! American Honey is seriously the best Burbon out there, and I’ve tried just about all of them. What’s even better is American Honey Sting! Sweet, smooth, with a warming heat at the end; happy dance! Seriously great stuff!

  60. Doc on April 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I was offered this drink in the stands at Talladega two years ago. I was offered a miniature by a lady I did not know. I had three buddies who refused the drink. After watching the lady consume this blend of mother nature without coughing, choking or gasping for breath, I was told I didn’t have a hair across my $#@ if I didn’t try. I took the challenge. I took it and asked for more. After returning home from the race, I have a shot every night. I have been married over twenty five years and have never finished a bottle of booze ever. Since that race, I have not stopped drinking this nectar of the gods. It is smooth. Everything in moderation. Drink up.

  61. Al Metcalf on March 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I have been a ice tea drinker all my life
    Started putting bourbon in it years ago
    my go to drink when the honey came
    Out I haven’t looked back . If you like
    Sweet tea and bourbon you have to try

  62. Frost. on October 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Let me just add this to all of the compliments. It makes for a AMAZING addition to coffee on a cold morning. I got up for work early today only to discover I had the day off, well refusing to go back to bed and already having coffee made I decided to add some AH to it and then take the dogs for a brisk morning walk. HOLY CRAP!!!! This is the best combo for a warming drink I’ve ever come across. Just a few sips and the cold vanished. TRY IT IN BLACK COFFEE!!! P.S. I HATE black coffee.

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