Sam Houston American Straight Whiskey
86 Proof – Whiskey
Approx. $26.99 750ml
Well the Super Bowl is a couple days away, and I’m not entirely sure what we have planned yet, other than the fact that I will most likely be drinking a lot no matter what we choose. I don’t really care who wins, because I think they both deserve it, mainly because I think Peyton should have more than one Super Bowl win under his belt, and Cam played like a beast this year and his Panthers look damn near unstoppable. I wish my Bucs could have pulled off at least one win against Carolina this season, but it didn’t happen. At least my love for alcohol, and my feeling of needing a drink after watching Tampa play, go hand in hand. Hopefully next year it will be more celebratory drinking and less drowning my sorrows with the new coaching staff. With that being said, we’re supposed to talk about liquor not football on this site, so I guess I should get back on track.
I opened up tonight’s bottle of Sam Houston a little bit after I got home tonight and poured myself a glass with a couple cubes of ice. I always have a weird hesitation before trying any new liquor as I pretty much always expect the worse. Much to my surprise, Sam Houston on ice was actually decent. It was very smooth with almost no burn. I was getting a normal caramel flavor while sipping that finished with a very slight almost smokey finish. I wasn’t really getting any other flavors drinking it this way, as just a few cubes of ice seemed to give it a little bit of a watered down flavor.
Once my ice melted and I finished the first glass, I decided to try it straight. Now I was getting a wee bit of sweetness at the start that was also accompanied by a somewhat spiced vanilla flavor. Then it quickly transfers over to a caramelish taste that ends up finishing up with a very light charcoal aftertaste. It did burn a little bit with the first sip, but it mellowed out the more I drank it. It is 86 proof so the initial burn should be expected, but it is kind of nice how it becomes easier to drink as my mouth became more accustomed to it.
Again, mainly due to time constraints, I finished that glass and moved on to mixing it with some soda. To be honest, it tastes like any decent whiskey and coke that you’ve had before, but with a little bit of that spiced vanilla flavor I mentioned earlier. It’s also not that sweet until the aftertaste which is different and tolerable. I had a few glassed of it this way before I realized that it was getting late and I needed to start writing all of this up. Now that I think about it, the fact that I could drink a few of these without feeling the need to stop other than a certain obligation that I had to take care of is a pretty decent sign that this is a drinkable whiskey.
I would say that this is definitely a drinkable whiskey, no matter how you decide to consume it. With ice, it wasn’t that bad other than seeming a bit watered down, but that could be countered with less ice. Straight was just as good if not better, and when mixed with coke, I could drink this all night. Overall, while it is a pretty good whiskey, I would still categorize it as a high end middle shelf liquor. At $26 I think it’s just a lil’ over priced, and while it’s not super expensive, it seems like a $20 price tag would have been perfect. That could just be me though. I would suggest you try it yourself and let me know if you feel the same way.