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Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush, 35%

Price: $15 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

One of the most popular flavored whiskies today is Fireball cinnamon, so it's no surprise that other cinnamon whiskies are entering the market. This one has a lovely, woody, cinnamon nose that bursts into sweet, blistering cinnamon on the palate. Cinnamon is a natural whisky flavor, but here, rather than complement the underlying whisky, it completely masks it. This is a cinnamon liqueur, and a good one. A fun shooter, perhaps, but it's barely whisky.