Review: Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky

Review: Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky

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With a name like Serpent’s Bite, one expects at least a little drama. Truth is this apple cider flavored Canadian whisky is about as harmless as they come. (Yeah, I get it, Adam and Eve and all that.)

Mystery Alberta, Canada-born spirit is spiked with apple cider flavors, with results that are, well, probably exactly what you are expecting.

It starts with clear apple notes on the nose, though fortunately the aroma is far from overblown, with a hint of vanilla backing it up. On the palate, Serpent’s Bite is sweet and cinnamon-laced, with strong apple notes as expected. Aside from a little hit of vanilla-infused caramel, though, what’s ultimately missing here is the whiskey. The whiskey flavor is so mild that this feels like it could be an apple brandy, an apple rum, or a (colored) apple vodka.

That’s not entirely a slight, as Serpent’s Bite is completely harmless and inoffensive in every way — although I’m sure that angry snake on the label will scare off a drinker or two.

70 proof.

B- / $16 /

Serpent's Bite Apple Cider Flavored 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. Agnostic Pariah on April 14, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Adam and Eve didn’t exist. Snakes aren’t evil and this stuff is amazing.

  2. Jennifer on May 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I like to mix it with a splash of Snapple Apple…yummy!!!

  3. Diego on August 25, 2016 at 1:03 am

    I work at a liquor store. I recommend this all the time. I recommend to mix it with either apple juice, or sprite. It is a hidden gem in there. Most people flock for the marketed stuff, like ciroc, patron, hennessy, avion, or crown royal

    I always ask customers what type of spirit they are looking for and recommend something new to them

  4. Connor on October 4, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I love this stuff, its great for drinking neat or as a mixer.
    It beats out quite a bit of whiskeys who confuse “syrupy sweetness” with actual flavor.

    I highly suggest trying it 10oz Serpents bits, 10oz sprite, a shot of triple sec, and a heaping helping of lime juice. I prefer my drinks very bitter so you could use sweetened lime juice or just add some sugar before chilling. I generally leave ice in (you’re already mixing sprite, whats a couple ice cubes?) but this could be shaken in ice before adding pre-chilled sprite. One of the most refreshing drinks I make.

    Serpents bite fills an important niche for me, Its flavor closer to “very very hard cider” than a whiskey, but its non carbonated and drinks like a whiskey but its not syrupy or overwhelming (compared to Bird Dog apple and Jim Beam apple which are both very syrupy to the point of having to chew it and the apple flavor is overwhelming). I suggest this to anyone who enjoys a nice refreshing apple cider.

    Serpents Bite is easy to drink for new whiskey drinkers who can’t fully appreciate a whiskey or bourbon and enjoy a more refreshing drink. A+ for me, it may not live up to whiskey standards, but its the best apple whiskey on the market. (my opinion at least)

  5. Ken Echols on January 4, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Serpent’s Bite is the perfect beverage!! Smooth, flavorful, but with a punch. It is a sipping beverage, warm, cold, or over ice, you will not be disappointed. Not overly sweet or syrupy.
    Now the version which is housed in a tall bottle is not as robust in flavor, the taste is muted. I would prefer if both versions were available so that I don’t have to hunt for the original bottle and hoard them

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