my experience, there are two types of flavored whiskeys. The first involves
attempting to salvage substandard whiskey by burying it in additives. The
second is adding or infusing flavors into otherwise decent whiskey to enhance
it. Yes, there is a real difference.
“We started this business with absolutely no experience besides drinking the stuff. We just had a vision. This made us work harder to develop a unique, high quality whiskey that was the perfect balance between complexity and drinkability. We spent many sleepless nights running home from our corporate jobs to blend, infuse, and spit out lots of homemade infusions. In 2017, after four years of development and feedback, we finally bottled Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey. The next question was, would anyone buy it?” - JD Recobs & Chris Buglisi, Co-Founders
Ginger Spiced Whiskey begins with a blend of sourced Bourbon and American whiskey. Most of the combination
is Bourbon. The distiller is undisclosed; the only thing we know about
the whiskey’s recipe is it possesses a high corn mashbill. The blending process
occurred first. The infusing, second.
where two types of ginger – not ginger flavoring, but real ginger root comes
Whiskey carries no age statement nor a straight designation. Likely that’s due
to the e150A caramel coloring. The whole shebang was blended and packaged in
Bardstown, Kentucky, at 40% ABV (80°). A 750ml bottle costs about $31.00 and
can be found in 24 states, with more coming. On a side note, it is non-chill
and Chris’s question is valid. Would anyone buy it? I’ll take it a step
further. Should anyone buy it? That’s answered via a #DrinkCurious
journey. Still, before I get there, I must thank Misunderstood Whiskey for providing
me with a sample in exchange for my no-strings-attached, honest review.
poured Misunderstood Whiskey into my Glencairn glass and sipped it neat. All
whiskeys go through this same vetting procedure. The color is a deep bronze,
but since that’s enhanced by the e150A, we get nothing from it. A medium rim
released thick tears that didn’t rush down the side.
initial sniff brought no surprises. I smelled ginger. It actually smelled like
ginger beer, which is cool because I enjoy a good ginger beer. Vanilla
and a kiss of oak were buried beneath. I drew the air into my mouth the ginger
beer reference became more realistic.
Palate: The silky
texture carried some heft. Plenty of spicy ginger through the front, middle,
and back again made me think of ginger beer. Similar to what I found on the
nose, there was a gentle wave of vanilla. The back is where flavors of orange
marmalade and honey were found.
ginger continued its trek with marmalade, honey, caramel, and vanilla in tow.
Overall, it was a medium duration.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: If you’re
looking for a whiskey that tastes like whiskey, Misunderstood won’t make you
very happy. There are very few whiskeyish qualities to it. But, to expect
that is to misunderstand Misunderstood.
I don’t know if hard ginger
beer exists, but if I were to design one, it would taste exactly like Misunderstood
Just for fun, Mrs.
Whiskeyfellow provided barbecued baby back ribs for dinner. I jotted down all
my tasting notes before dinner and reapproached Misunderstood Whiskey with the
ribs. ¡Qué bueno!
My guess is Misunderstood Whiskey would make a delicious cocktail base. I didn’t go in that direction because that’s not how I rate whiskeys. In truth, I can’t see myself reaching for Misunderstood if I wanted to sip on a glass of whiskey. But, if I wanted to relax with an incredible “hard” ginger beer, I’d happily grab a Bottle of this and it wouldn’t be a forgotten volume in my whiskey library.
P.S. I blew through three glasses on the first night. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you do so responsibly.