Published on June 17th, 2012 | by Greg0
Mickey Finn Irish Apple Whiskey: Not A Knock Out
There is nothing wrong with the combination of apples and spirits. There are many great craft ciders in the United States, and some liqueurs that use apple in a nice way, perhaps in combination with other "fall" flavors for a spiced, rum-based cocktail or even a fruity summer punch. But apple flavors can quickly tilt towards "fake", overpowering and dominating the taste of a drink- and regardless of the story behind a drink, or the quirky history, this is something best avoided.
Unfortunately, Mickey Finn Irish Apple Whiskey doesn't avoid these pitfalls. Despite the fun background: "crafted to a recipe created by the legendary Mickey Finn back in 1893″, "discovered by luck, almost forgotten by time", "light versatile front notes of Irish Whiskey, golden and young, blended with rich demanding American Whiskey and then infused with natural flavors and the juice of Irish green apples"… we just couldn't find a good way to enjoy this drink. It's strong, to be sure, but in an assault-the-senses sort of way. Adding mixers did help, but the chemical-seeming apple notes still held sway, and the whiskey barely noticeable.
Different does not always equal better (or even good). And despite the love of our staff for apples- even sour apple candies- Mickey Finn Apple Whiskey should probably be left on the shelf. $24 a bottle, a bit hard to find at the moment.