Fireball Whiskey / Red Stag Spiced / Goldschlager / Pinnacle Atomic Hots / Firewater

20 Mar

I have decided to bring you the ultimate deathmatch, cinnamon-style. My method of choice is just to walk into the local ABC store and see what flavors they have minis of, then commence with the boozing. I will say up front, all but one of these were pretty freaking tasty. I’m separating the juice into three categories just to even the playing field.

Cinnamon Whiskey: Fireball vs Red Stag

Fireball (66 proof): Fireball has been a favorite of mine ever since I first tried it. It’s got a strong cinnamon flavor with the right amount of burn and started my love of cinnamon-flavored booze.
Red Stag (80 proof): Red Stag is labeled as “Spiced with cinnamon.” That’s being a little optimistic. It was very lightly spiced with a vaguely cinnamon flavor but had none of the burn generally associated with it. This could have been a good thing if there had been a slightly more pronounced flavoring but as is it fell flat.

Winner: Fireball

Cinnamon Liqueur: Firewater vs Goldschlager

Firewater (100 proof): The cinnamon flavor had something of a fakeness to it and wasn’t as enjoyable as some of the others tested, though the 100 proof did provide a seriously sweet throatburn. All in all a solid choice for the 100 proof category.
Goldschlager (87 proof): Surprisingly, The Gold was one of the least sweet of all the booze tried. And that is meant in the best possible way. It went down easy with little to no aftertaste, making it perfect for timid shot-takers. Plus that shit’s got real gold flakes, son!

Winner: Goldschlager

Cinnamon Vodka: Pinnacle Atomic Hots

Pinnacle Atomic Hots (70 proof): Basically, the Pinnacle tasted like a less-flavored, watered-down version of Fireball. Which is good if you’re looking for a less spicy cinnamon flavor. Also good if you’d rather go with a slightly higher proof.


Basically all of these were tasty with the exclusion of Red Stag. The shortcomings of most were only relative to the awesomeness of Fireball and would be unnoticeable unless you were taking back-to-back shots of other cinnamon flavored boozes.

Overall Winner: Fireball

  1. Fireball
  2. Goldschlager
  3. Pinnacle Atomic Hots
  4. Firewater
  5. Red Stag

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12 Responses to “Fireball Whiskey / Red Stag Spiced / Goldschlager / Pinnacle Atomic Hots / Firewater”

  1. pete March 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    you don’t know shit, Firewater is the best.

  2. tim May 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    just noticed it looks like the bottles were in the freezer. Do you put whiskey in the freezer ? oh no

    • liquorlunch May 21, 2012 at 7:24 am #

      I chilled the non-whiskeys, and felt it best to put the whiskeys in also to keep everything level.

    • trent February 5, 2014 at 1:54 am #

      Fireball in the freezer sux! Gives it a bad aftertaste. Plastic bottle anyway, not sure about glass. Don’t drink and think too hard!!!!! Or drive, much.

  3. Tim Hunold January 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I know this is a bit of an older thread, but I wanted to say between fireball and red stag, I go stag all the time. The stag has more of a smoothness to it and the flavor lingers compared to fireball that hits you with the cinnamon and than hangs around like a hard liquor. You can sit and drink the stag all night while the fireball makes you want to switch to something else. I will certainly try the other things later this weekend, so I thank you for those suggestions.

    • liquorlunch January 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      I can see that being a preference for a sipping drink as opposed to a night of shots for sure. Sometimes the bitchy bombshell grabs your attention more than the girl next door. Cinnamon is the rare case where all that I tried were pretty good.

  4. Hunter-M3 January 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    While I’ve never had Firewater or Pinnacle, I have had the Stag and Fireball on several occasions, but I have to say my favorite is the new Bird Dog Hot Cinnamon. I do tend to like things sweeter though and I would say this tastes the most like Hot Tamale candies or Red Hots of the three.

  5. truly September 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    can you tell me why after shock wasnt part of this???

    • liquorlunch September 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      I don’t remember. Maybe I was being cheap or didn’t go down that aisle.

      • truly September 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

        lol, well there is another one you didnt have. cinerator. though with my buddy and i, between cinerator, fireball and after shock. we think after shock is the better value. though it’s not the easiest one to find.

  6. jeeper February 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m also a huge fan of the cinnamon booze. You need to do yourself a favor and try Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire (although it may not yet be available in all states). I drink it by the glass all night long. Very smooth and flavorful, well worth the extra price of admission. Much better than Fireball, IMHO. I definitely agree with you that Red Stag just tastes pathetic.

    • liquorlunch March 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      I just recently found it locally and am writing the review today. Ask and thou shalt receive. And stuff.

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