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Dr. McGillicuddy's Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    454 / 735
    Rabble Rating
    3.7 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $15
    Proof
    66.0

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Liqueur category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.

Proof66 Notes

The "doctor" is Dr. Aloysius McGillicuddy "born" in the year 1808. The schnapps are results of the doctor's painstaking research through years of practice.

McGillicuddy's Fireball Cinnamon whiskey is a bit of a mystery. It does not currently (April, 2009) appear on their website. The term "whiskey" appears to not apply here due to the low-proof (though it's higher than the other schnapps) and general classification as a liqueur (Beverage Tasting Institute). Our best guess is that it qualifies as whiskey under some kind of Canadian definition of the term. We've opted to list it here as "schnapps."

As of 2010, it appears that marketing forces for Sazerac (or someone) has dropped the good doctor from the label. We have it listed for posterity for the time being. The new marketing website is replete with photos and video of massive partying.

The Huffington Post reports that there was litigation between Sazerac of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and Hood River Distillers who make SinFire Cinnamon whisky, with the former sueing because of the similarity in names and marketing style. Which makes us wonder, how many bottles of cinnamon flavored whiskey has to be sold to pay for the attorney fees in something like that?

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2010

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2007

Wine Enthusiast

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.
Fitzgerald1119 Fitzgerald1119 (25) (2014-09-08)
I like it... The first thought in my mind when I tasted it was Wriggly's Big Red chewing gum. Not much to say, if you like cinnamon give it a try, if not stay away, you'd be hard pressed to find anything other than cinnamon on the taste
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joeg73 joeg73 (5) (2014-08-25)
You want to pull a joke on somebody? buy somebody a shot of this cinnamon flavored rat piss, tell them its jack, or jame-o, or bushmills or something else and watch their face as they squirm.
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BDanner BDanner (29) (2014-08-08)
Let's preface this by saying, I'm reviewing it for what it is: a mixer and a shot for college kids. If you rate it as such, it's a 4.5 star. My first taste immediately reminded me of the Atomic Fireballs you got in the 2 cent candy bins at the corner store. I have yet to find something that I didn't enjoy this in. High lights so far: *Fireball with ginger ale and a couple splashes of bitters *Fireball and hard apple cider *Fireball and Regular or Diet Dr Pepper *Fireball and cream soda *Fireball and Iced Tea. If you're looking for a smooth sipping whiskey, move along...nothing to see here. But if you just want a fun mixer for summer cookouts, this foots the bill quite nicely.
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AlfredReece1992 AlfredReece1992 (25) (2014-07-10)
I'll admit, I'm addicted. The first time I tasted it I flashed back to chewing Big Red gum when I was younger. Since well thats what it tastes like. I like it by itself but I have heard its absolutely great when mixing, though I doubt I'll ever find out I like it straight so much, though I may try it on the rocks one day. Very highly recommend everyone give it a try.
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DakotaGuy DakotaGuy (57) (2014-06-21)
I liked it. Something to have on hand for those friends who insist on doing shots.
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Quetzal Quetzal (85) (2014-04-22)
(3 out of 5). This is a bit of a guilty pleasure drink for me. As far as trendy liquors go, this one's pretty good- I wouldn't mind a higher proof, less sugar and a bit more cinnamon heat, but this is well made and easy to drink for what it is. Also, I'm not really one to take shots (I'm more one to sip), but the lowered proof and simplicity of the flavor profile make this shootable.
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wsergfam wsergfam (1) (2014-03-07)
Liquid Red Hots. Meh!
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (56) (2014-02-20)
It tastes like hot balls and its not whiskey. It may be ok to mix with something. Other than that, leave it for the college kids.
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-01-27)
Tastes like those cinnamon disk candies. I prefer to drink this very cold on frigid evenings.
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NeatPour NeatPour (169) (2013-10-06)
3.5, I'm not a big schnapps guy but I was pretty impressed by this... It's sweet cinnamon whisky beautifully balanced. They did good with this...
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Ackman Ackman (57) (2013-09-20)
Did not know the good doctor had made this. The cinnamon is at the level where it's not quite domineering, but it is certainly front and center.
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Phizbin Phizbin (188) (2013-09-19)
I bought this to flavor bourbon on a camping trip. Taken straight... well, it's a schnapps and it's cinnamon. This satisfies on both counts being very sweet and having a huge cinnamon kick. It's very candy-oriented. I'm not sure what a more "pure" or "natural" cinnamon liqueur would taste like but this is like drinking a hard cinnamon candy. I can't imagine drinking it straight. But a light dash on top of an otherwise remarkable bourbon is quite nice.
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tori300 tori300 (3) (2013-09-08)

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TomG2751 TomG2751 (25) (2013-09-03)

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jmwood jmwood (1) (2013-06-27)
A local bartender here added it to Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider. It was fantastic!
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flintquatch flintquatch (161) (2013-03-24)
One of my go to bottles when I want a nice, neat drink. I must say i have a weakness for cinnamon, and this strikes that chord to the tee. Only complaint is the lowered proof...
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Irishman Irishman (251) (2012-09-09)
I had my doubts about this one, but it actually tastes really good. It reminds me of those red candy cinnamon discs. Couldn't drink out all night, but tasty. Try it in some Rumchata...quite tasty!
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Majortom Majortom (5) (2012-07-16)
Best taken neat, but works well with apple juice.
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Perrin Perrin (68) (2012-07-06)
Awesome drink. Neat or as a mixer
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hartt88 hartt88 (2) (2011-07-17)
This stuff rocks! Cheap, but so good! If you like cinnamon ofcourse, then you will love this whiskey! Great way to get the night started and its like a candy! Not hot to your mouth, but a warm sensation and great flavor. Even the girls like to take shots of it! "taste like heaven, burns like hell" is the saying on the bottle, it lacks the burn but its also my new favorite shot, great to sip, and good mixed with Dr. Pepper! Buy some!
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