• October 1, 2022

Alcohol Review: Ellington Reserve Root Beer Flavored Whisky

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Coming from our northern neighbor Ellington crafts fine spirits of various styles of whisky. Much like other distilleries, this one ages their alcohol in charred oak barrels using a slow aging process.

This particular style of whiskey is more of a liqueur as it comes in at 35% alcohol by volume. Using their standard whisky blended with spices to create a concoction that is nearly indistinguishable from regular rootbeer.

The aroma of this alcohol is bright with only the faintest hint of the underlying ethanol. Vanilla and anise overtones are brought forward in the fragrance. Additionally, the sweetness of the whisky is notable.

With its flavor, it is very approachable as it is dominated by the flavors we associate with that of rootbeer. The blends of the sweet, and vanilla flavors remind the drinker of the soda it is intending to intimidate. Whereas the whisky provides a warming effect and reminds the drinker that they are drinking liquor.

When it comes to this style of alcohol, I consider how I will use this spirit. This whisky is both useable as a sipping drink or a cocktail component. As it does a great job of mimicking a rootbeer it is immensely drinkable. I would recommend picking up a bottle of this delicious drink.

To provide ideas on what you can craft with this fine alcohol I have provided a few cocktails. Each of these drinks is named for the anti-consumerist masterpiece Fight Club.

Jack’s Cocktail

Collins Glass

  • 1.50 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1.50 oz Root Beer Flavored Whisky
  • Cola Soda

Add the alcohols to a collins glass with ice and fill with cola soda.

Robert Paulson

Old-fashioned Glass

  • 1.00 oz Root Beer Flavored Whisky
  • 0.50 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1.00 oz Lemon Lime Soda
  • 1.00 oz Cola Soda

Add ingredients to an old-fashioned glass with ice.

Project Mayhem

Shot Glass

  • 0.50 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1.00 oz Root Beer Flavored Whisky

Add the whisky to a shot glass, and carefully add the Irish cream to create a top layer.

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