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Firstly I'd like to blame (or thank - I'll let you decide) one of my friends for introducing me to this in November last year as he brought a bottle round and challenged me to down a shot. Which I did, he was a little put out that I didn't cough and splutter or react to its rather hot sensation in my mouth. Well he's a beer drinker and I'm more used to drinking spirits than he is so I did have the upper hand in this. (although I should point out I don't drink all that much but an occasional Irish whiskey on the rocks or gin and tonic is nice)
Firstly is it whisky or whiskey? Well it depends on where it is from.
Irish and American (among others) - Whiskey
Scotch and Canadian (among others) - Whisky
As this is made from Canadian whisky I have used that spelling in the main part of the review.
Appearance and taste:
The liqueur itself is a mid-orange in colour but in my opinion slightly paler than most regular whiskies. It has been produced from Canadian whisky and a (according to the website) a spicy cinnamon concoction. Although, what is in the concoction is not revealed.
The smell is not all that alcoholic and you do get a hit of cinnamon. This is, however, more of a cinnamon flavoured sweets smell rather than that of real ground cinnamon. The taste is a smooth and well-rounded taste but not like any whisky I have tasted before so even those who don't like whisky may like this. It is quite sweet in taste and again whilst not exactly like real ground cinnamon it is reminiscent of cinnamon sweets but there is no synthetic taste to it so I feel sure that it is natural cinnamon or natural cinnamon extract that has been used. I took a bottle of it to my brother's over Christmas (as he was acting as 'host' this year) but I don't think our parent's liked it all that much when they tried it. It is one of those things which is somewhat of an acquired taste.
Whilst some liqueurs can be quite thick and heavy this is more like regular spirits in consistency and no heavier than a normal whisky.
On your first go at this, especially if you don't drink spirits that often, I do advise that you sip it as a full shot in one go may be a shock for some. Yes there is quite a big 'hot' sensation from this but it is actually one of the things I like about it. If you down it quickly as a shot the heat hits the back of the throat and stays there for some time as a warming sensation. Sipped the heat develops on the tongue and does sort of fill your mouth. I find this is good for making a 'hot toddy' out of with a slice of orange studded with 5 cloves and some hot water.
The fireball website does give ideas about how this can be used in cocktails or used in cooking. However, my favourite ways are simply over ice with a twist of orange zest or as a shot. Although I must say the fireball gingerbread does sound rather good so I may give that a go when I have time - so watch for an update for that.
This is not that common or well know at present in the UK but it is gaining a following.
I have seen this in 700ml and 500ml sizes and the price does vary from shop to shop but there are only a limited number of places which appear to stock it. The biggest probably being Asda (according to their website they stock it) but I haven't seen it in the store near me as yet. My current bottle is one of the 500ml ones which cost me £12.50 from my local off licence but it was on offer at the time. I have seen the 700ml bottle for as much as £20 mark although it is cheaper with some online only drinks shops.
different and not for the faint harted. The quite spicy kick from the cinnamon blends well with the whisky to make this a nice change.
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky needs no introduction. If you haven't tried it yet, just imagine what it would be like to get a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face if his legs were on fire and tasted like cinnamon! Like it, love it, shoot it - your dad's whisky never tasted so smooth. What happens next is up to you. Rumour has it that Fireball Whisky was forged sometime in the mid-80s during the coldest winter Canada had ever seen, when a mixologist turned mad scientist accidentally created a permanent solution to frostbite. The concoction slowly and quietly made its way around North America for a few years, a sort of secret handshake between veteran bartenders. Fireball took an important turn when several bottles were smuggled to the lower 48 from Canada.