American Whiskey - Flavored
Sinfire Cinnamon Whisky
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
Hood River Distillers actually goes all the way back to 1935 when it began making wines from fruit... particularly brandies, which is natural considering the apples and berries that were (and still are) available locally. It regards itself as the "largest and oldest" distillery operating in the Pacific Northwest producing and also importing several different labels spanning the spirit range.
SinFire Cinnamon Whisky was released to take advantage of the growing popularity of flavored whisky... in this case, the whisky is imported from Canada and then flavored and bottled on site in Oregon.
The Huffington Post reports that there was litigation between Sazerac of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and SinFire, 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?
The 2013 Beverage Testing Institute claimed it delivered "intense cinnamon flavor."
The 2012 Wine Enthusiast review suggests this is a "fun mixer for those who like it hot."
- This bottle has not been rated by this competition.