Review: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Review: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

fireball cinnamon whisky

“It tastes like heaven, burns like hell.”

Cinnamon spice isn’t usually what people have in mind when they say a whiskey “burns,” but this 66-proof flavored oddity, made in Canada and bottled by Kentucky’s Sazerac Company, certainly doesn’t have much going on in the alco-burn department. But if you’re a fan of Hot Tamales candy and over the age of 21, you’re in luck: Fireball has managed to create a dead solid rendition of that confection.

There’s just no mistaking this whisky from the get-go. The nose is full of grated cinnamon and little else. This carries over to the body: Full of spice, a nice slug of sugar, and a long, lingering, cinnamon burn. Imagine crushing up Red Hots and steeping them in lower-proof alcohol — any alcohol will do, as Fireball doesn’t have a distinct whisky taste aside from a bit of brown sugar — and drink.

And yet, surprisingly, this isn’t a half-bad spirit. It’s not much of a departure from cinnamon schnapps, but the balance is right and the tastes are authentic. Candy-coated, to be sure, but with a week to go ’til Christmas, who’s complaining?

66 proof.


Fireball Cinnamon Whisky




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. Liquor Store on August 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Too spicy for my taste

  2. Darrell Jeffery on July 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Fireball is the best drink I have found for a bad cold. It’s great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Andrew on April 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    It will definitely clear out your sinuses!

  4. don on November 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I actually Tried something similar to fireball and it actually was pretty good. less heavy on the cinnamon but some interesting other inclusions. It was Called Gaur Spice Whiskey and i tried it at my local liquor store ( free sample event ).

    • Christopher Null on November 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      A review of Gaur Spice is in the queue!

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