Evan Williams Honey Reserve / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey / Wild Turkey American Honey

2 Jan

While at the liquor store I was in the holiday spirit and decided to risk life and liver to bring you the promised Honey Whiskey Showdown! I grabbed every mini bottle of honey whiskey my local store had and flew home to rate this quadruple-header. My method was 4 separate shot glasses, with diet cheerwine and water as palate cleansers. I took half the bottle as a shot, then reserved the other half for sipping in case of questions or discrepancies. All booze was drank at room temperature. This is science, BITCH.

Evan Williams Honey Reserve (70proof): I started with this one, and was very disappointed. I really wanted to like it, but it was ridiculously sweet, almost disgustingly so. Which I guess you could counter with the fact that honey is very sweet, but, as with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, the weird Evany flavor ruined the party. It left a weird aftertaste. I would be willing to bet this might be a top contender had the shots been chilled though.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey (70proof): As awful as I remembered. I am from here on out enacting a new term: Post-Traumatic Tennessee Honey Disorder (PTTHD). Also, what idiot came up with the spelling for Tennessee? Its like a Wheel of Fortune contestant’s dream word. It has to be the longest 4 letter word in existence. Don’t think I mentioned it yet, but this whiskey came in dead last.

Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey (71proof): My favorite by far, which is ironic since I assumed this would be among my least liked (excluding the hell that is JDTH). It had a definite honey flavor without it being very sweet, a very muted whiskey flavor, and without a better way to describe it, a certain richness to it.

Wild Turkey American Honey (71proof): My second favorite, it was very well balanced. You could taste the honey and the whiskey, but they complimented each other rather than having a hobo death match. Neither flavor over powered, and it had a very smooth whiskey finish.

In the interest of science I also made a suicide shot of equal parts of all the honey whiskeys. JDTH ruined it, just like everything else in my life. But here is a picture of it anyways, with the honey whiskeys ordered in accordance with my rankings. So sayeth the booze drinker; so it shall be.

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25 Responses to “Evan Williams Honey Reserve / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey / Wild Turkey American Honey”

  1. Craig August 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    I have not tried the Seagrams, but I agree with you about the Jack Daniels. How ever I found the Even Williams to be smoother than the Wild Turkey

    • liquorlunch November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      I may just have a gay lady-boner for Wild Turkey.

      • Sarah December 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

        I’ve Had BoTh And Agree With You. Wild Turkey Is Smoother Than Evan Williams TO me.

  2. Bk December 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Try them chilled, especially the JD…

  3. Matt December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    What a biased review if you hate Jack Daniels so much than don’t drink it

    • liquorlunch December 15, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      I actually love JD enough to have it tattooed on me so you could say I’m biased however it is quite the different flavor when mixed with honey. Just because I like mustard doesn’t mean it goes well with fucking icecream.

  4. Ken B. August 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I’ve been a whiskey purist all of my drinking life. Not much for mixed drinks although I’ve aquired a taste (or tolerance) for a few of them. Took nearly 40 years to develop a taste for Scotch. Bourbon has always been my spirits of choice, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a “Tennessee Squire” for more than 35 years. So OK, here’s my point; I was recently offered a sample of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and thought it was pretty good. A decent occasional drink. And so I looked around to see what others might be thinking & saying about it and came upon this nice web site. Damn! I really didn’t know how popular the “Honey” concept was, and how many whiskey makers were producing a version of it. And as I read the comments and comparisons – different people favoring this one or that one, I cannot help the the thought that while different strokes are what make the world go round, why would anyone want to make such a fuss over the merits or deficiencies of each brand, when it seems to me that the easiest and most satisfying way to get the drink you want would be to first choose the whiskey you prefer, pour a shot and then add small quantities of some good quality honey to the whiskey until you found the right recipe. Or am I missing something…?

    • liquorlunch October 13, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      As lovely as your hippie thought is, expressing my opinions of the merits and deficiencies of different brands is kind of the whole point of a review site. My aim is to steer people who are on the fence about trying something in (hopefully) the right direction. I have wasted money on a lot of flavored booze that tasted horrible. I’m attempting to spare others that fate. Also I really like JD honey the first time I tried it (I was pretty smashed) but when compared to the other honey flavored whiskeys it did not even hold a candle.

      As for adding honey to whiskey, that is probably the best bet. But then what the fuck would I review?

  5. Doug October 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    You will need to do a rematch…I think Jim Beam honey is the best so far and I’m not a Beam fan. I didn’t know Seagram’s had a honey and I own a liquor store.

    • liquorlunch October 13, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      I will attempt to do an updated rematch, or at least a review of Jim Beam Honey. My main problem is the local ABC having minis of everything so I’m not spending $100 on this shit.

    • Darin Wand October 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      I’m with you Doug. Tried the Jim Beam Honey and the Jack Daniels Honey. I don’t like either of the regular whiskeys so I have no preference, but the JDH taste like what I would imagine a vanilla candle would taste like. Blech. The JBH was, warm, smooth and Sweet. Very tasty and easy to drink for me.

  6. Ken B. October 15, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    Why not set-up a PayPal account seeking donations. I’d pay a few bucks to help you with this. Chances are a few others would too.

    • liquorlunch October 15, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      I never thought anyone would read this blog, much less be interested enough to donate real money to it. But, far be it from me to stop someone from buying me booze. Consider it done.

  7. Ree November 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    The Honey Reserve is VERY good for stopping a bad cough. It tastes good too.

  8. wheebill December 15, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Actually, the whole honey infused liquor isn’t a recent or sudden discovery by any means. Good lord, Any of you folks ever heard of “Yukon Jack”?

    • liquorlunch January 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      It’s existence may not be recent, but it is certainly a trend that has been on the upswing.

    • Mike Shirley August 17, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      Snakebites. Amen.

  9. David Smith January 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Being a N.C. native in the RDU area, I was looking to “work on a cold” , toddy with honey/lemon slice/rock candy/corn liquor, is a family tradition. Going through the aisles of local ABC store, happened onto the Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey. well, with honey and alcohol, what is there to lose. Needless to say, the cold was kicked to the curb first night, and I now have a new favorite sipping whiskey. not being a brand loyalist, even though 7 Crown is always in my cabinet, I will venture and try the others at some point in time. Keep up the good work !!!
    David S.

  10. jack needham April 12, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Oh BS. Why not serve yourself a shot of Everclear and a box of prunes.

    • Mike Shirley August 17, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Well then Fuck it. Why read the blog…I mean damn the point is a comparison of “Honey” liquors. Go eat a dick if you like salty.

  11. Mike Shirley August 17, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Yeah, the “too sweet” comment about the Evan Williams Honey Reserve is bullshit. If I am looking for a honey flavored whiskey then I must be looking for sweet. I buy this when I have a bad cold and Evan Williams Honey Reserve is the best cure with the most affordable price-tag.
    Add 1/2 cup Evan Williams Honey Reserve to 1/2 cup hot water and a bag of Earl Grey tea = Cure for the common cold.

    • liquorlunch September 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      IMO the beauty of the best honey whiskeys was the balance of sweetness with the whiskey flavor. I like sweet tea too, but it shouldn’t taste like pure sugar.

  12. BW October 11, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Well, American Honey remains my favorite but this is certainly a close second. Seagrims is an inexpensive delight but they decided to remove it from Ohio so I’m out of luck there – a shame. I would have given it a little more time. Worth a try. If you like the honey stuff you should love this product. Good stuff!!

  13. DD February 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    I found the Evan Williams to be the best by far of all the honey whiskeys. It is so much smoother and, yes, delicious on the rocks. I took it to a party and it was the most popular drink there.

  14. Mike G. June 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Can you do it again, chilled?

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