Jacquin’s Ginger Flavored Brandy
70 Proof – Brandy
Approx. $12.99 750ml
Not too long ago, I walked into work one day and was met with a comment that threw me off guard. “You look like you had a rough night.” This might seem like a normal observation of someone who drinks on a regular basis, but the problem was that I had nothing to drink the night before and had actually gotten a good night’s rest. I threw in a fake laugh and kept walking, wondering if I should be somewhat angry or slightly concerned. I usually drag my feet through the front door, still feeling the effects of the night before, and most people are oblivious to the fact that I’m still slightly drunk. I can only assume that the sober and well rested look does not suit me well. I’ll admit I kind of have a natural “I’m a drunk” look and I don’t shave very often so it only adds to the image. So I would expect “rough night” comment on a regular basis, but for some reason, I have only received them when it could be no farther from the truth. Maybe I run a little better with a little booze in my system, or maybe some people are just assholes. Either way, I have a bottle of Jacquin’s Ginger Flavored Brandy to review, so let’s move on.
I went ahead and started the night off slightly different than normal and decided to try this with a splash of 7up. I just had a gut feeling like this would be a good way to go. Normally I wouldn’t listen to my gut until way later in the night when my god given lack of judgment kicked in, but I was in a trusting mood, and surprisingly it turned out to be right. It had a refreshing taste, and with a half and half mix, it almost entirely masked the alcohol flavor, which would make it easy to drink for anyone. After a glass or so, I moved on to try it just on ice. Even with no mixer, it’s difficult to tell that this is an alcoholic beverage. There was literally no burn, a naturally sweet taste, and a little bit of a syrupy texture. It reminded me more of a liqueur than a regular liquor.
Drinking it straight was alright, but like usual, I had a hard time describing the actual flavor. So I had Jeff give it a try to see if he could help me figure it out. He basically said that it kind of smelled like a whiskey, but tasted like a brandy, with a very slight, almost hidden, ginger flavor. So I guess he’s better at that kind of stuff though. I’m more of a “Does it taste good and could I drink it all night?” type of review. To sum this stuff up, I would say it does have a decent taste, but I couldn’t drink it all night. I came to the “not all night” conclusion after going back to my classic liquor and coke mix.
I was hoping that by adding some regular soda, it would be just as good as the 7up mix I had earlier, but it ended up being a little too sweet for my taste. I got down about half a glass before I had to actually add more coke just to cut down on the sweetness. Also that syrupy texture I mentioned earlier, showed up a little more. So after only one drink, I moved back to the original combination with the 7up. But at this point, I was starting to get somewhat tired of it. It’s OK, but not really what I would want in a drink. Too much sweet, not enough burn. And that thickness builds up after awhile I guess and starts to take its toll. This might be good as a small part of a mixed cocktail, but not quite a real alcoholic’s drink by itself. If I wasn’t so lazy I would have tried to incorporate it into some other kind of concoction, but it was getting late and I didn’t have time for that. So I eventually gave up on Jacquin that night and moved on to another liquor to ensure I was in top form the next day, and to avoid any speculation on how my previous night was.