NLF: Chicken Cock Root Beer Whiskey







Chicken Cock Root Beer Whiskey
86 Proof - Whiskey
Approx. $20.99 750ml


Tony's Review:
Have you ever thought to yourself, how many cock whiskey's does someone need to try before they figure out that it's not a good idea? Well, after careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I've come to the conclusion that the answer is two. A little over a year ago I gave Fighting Cock a try, simply because I'm immature and thought it was a funny name. It turned out to be a bad choice, but still wasn't enough to stop me from trying a second cock this week. And while Chicken Cock has no real relation to the other, they both share the same idea that you don't need to taste your own whiskey before you try to bottle and sell it.

I first tried it on ice as usual, and was immediately disappointed after my initial sip. It just burned as it went in, and continued to do so as it went down the throat. There was no noticeable flavor, just a strong alcoholic burn. Yummy. Afterwards, it does have a noticeable aftertaste, but the problem is, that it's a tobacco-ish flavor. Not like a cigarette tobacco, but more of a chewing tobacco taste. I don't know about you, but it doesn't exactly scream "Drink me!" when your liquor reminds me of someone's spit cup. You can eventually find a slight hint of a root beer flavor in the aftertaste too, if you wait for it and look hard enough. My guess is they made few people taste it to see if they could find anything good about it, then one guy said he could kinda taste a little root beer, so they just slapped that tag on the bottle and started selling it.

Moving on, I poured in some soda to see if it was at least drinkable mixed. This is where it finally decides to show you that it's a flavored liquor. That "Uh-oh, I think I just got diabetes" sweetness is there, but to make sure it stood out from rest of the massive crowd of artificially flavored liquors, there's a random raw alcohol burn that just pops up out of nowhere every now and then. This way, both the regular whiskey enthusiasts, and the people who actually enjoy flavored liquors, can both dislike it equally. Way to go Chicken Cock! I also tried it in some root beer for shits and giggles, and it's not any better.

I somewhat doubt the proof rating on this bottle too. It says it's supposed to be 86 proof. I don't really know how much I drank last night, but it was well over half of the bottle. And at that point, with either a 70 or 80 proof liquor, I can usually start feeling some kind of drunk kicking in or at least have a good buzz going, but not with this stuff. I felt perfectly normal, maybe a bit more talkative, but that's about it. I was also expecting some decent hangover-ish symptoms in the morning, which I almost always get with a good amount of any overly sweetened alcohol, but I woke up feeling perfectly fine. And I don't think it's just because I drink too much, because I definitely had a pair of really bad ass hangovers last weekend.

Overall, I'd say this is just a bad liquor period. It's not good straight, as a shot, or mixed in my opinion. They started up a over a century ago and apparently were one of the bigger names back then, but weren't able to get back up and going after the devious prohibition era ended, and if you asked me, it should have stayed that way.





 
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