I love the snow. I love the cold. I love icy ponds and lakes. I love hoarfrost. And I love winter beverages. Yes, I’m one of those weirdos who love winter.
One of my favorite winter beverages is Eggnog. I love the creamy texture, the flavors, and the fact that you can drink a ton of it without getting lit like a Christmas tree. There are many Eggnog recipes around, but I’ve yet to experience one I didn’t enjoy.
When Misunderstood Whiskey approached me with its limited-edition Oat Nog, my curiosity was piqued. I won’t rehash Misunderstood Whiskey’s background; you can read my review from June here. But I will tell you all about this Oat Nog, which is made with their whiskey.
“OAT yes we did! America's Original Hard Oat Nog is a light & smooth take on a delicious holiday classic without the dairy! Ready to serve - just chill & enjoy. Made from honest ingredients & sustainably sourced gluten-free oats, Misunderstood Oat Nog Liqueur is blended to perfection with Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey & dairy-free Oat milk. Proudly vegan-friendly & gluten-free!” – Misunderstood Whiskey
Oat Nog is packaged at 14% ABV (28°), and a 750ml bottle has a suggested price of $23.99. You can buy it from Misunderstood’s website or search for who carries it locally here.
But, before you hop in your car, shouldn’t we write up a no-strings-attached, honest review first? Misunderstood Whiskey sent me a sample for that exact purpose. Let’s #DrinkCurious and taste what it is all about.
Appearance: Whoa… dude. Where’s the Whiskeyfellow Glencairn glass? Well, I’m not using one for this review. Instead, I’ve opted for a rocks glass. I’m still drinking it neat, as I always do with anything I review. In full disclosure, I set this in my refrigerator for a few hours because… well… the idea of warm Eggnog is disgusting. I’m just going to assume the same holds for an oat variant (plus, it says on the bottle to serve it chilled).
Inside my glass, this nog was thinner than I expected. It was not as dense as traditional Eggnog. However, it had that creamy white color that most possess.
Nose: The first things I smelled were cinnamon spice and torched vanilla. Beneath those were caramel, nutmeg, and a kiss of brown sugar. Drawing the aroma through my mouth was pure vanilla.
Palate: Oat Nog’s mouthfeel was anything but thin. The Misunderstood Whiskey component was unmistakable. I tasted the Bourbon. The ginger was milder. Vanilla, honey, nutmeg, and orange zest were evident.
Finish: Medium in duration, the finish consisted of nutmeg, vanilla, honey, and ginger spice.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: I’ve never tried oat milk before today. There was nothing weird about it, and, quite honestly, I found no difference between this non-dairy component and what it might have tasted like with dairy. While the Oat Nog appeared thin, it sure seemed fuller in my mouth. The ginger spice influence was a welcome addition to a traditional Eggnog recipe. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I burned through my first glass and was quick to refill it.
Is it pricey compared to some other Holiday Nog offerings from the legacy distillers? Yes. However, if you’re looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free alternative that is absolutely delicious, I believe it is worth the premium. I’m thrilled to have it in my fridge, and I wouldn’t count on it remaining around long. It takes my Bottle rating with no questions asked. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand Rating System
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
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