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Pinnacle Salted Caramel

19 Feb

Salted Caramel Pinnacle

I have pretty warm feelings about this vodka. It’s got tons of caramel flavor without being too sweet and syrupy, but also has a pronounced burn. It almost feels like I’m drinking a coffee flavoring that will get me deliciously drunk. As a matter of fact, if you slip this in your coffee I won’t judge.

It’s New Years [ed. note: well, it was] and something has to get you through that bubbling hangover brought on by cheap carbonated wine. Also I am declaring today National Mimosa Day due to the hoards of discounted “champagne” being offered at your local grocer. Someone send the memo to Obama.

Pinnacle Cake / Cinnamon Roll Cinnabon / Peachberry Cobbler / Pecan Pie

12 Feb

4 Pinnacle Mini

My local alphabet store is generally pretty disappointing in the mini bottle selections. Occasionally a new one I actually want will straggle though, but for the most part it’s random hobo brands I’ve never heard of. This time was a Festivus Miracle. Pinnacle has a holiday pack of 8 (non-repeating) mini bottles for only $6!!! The lady at the counter may or may not have thrown in a free Pinnacle Cinnabon mini with my order. It was one of the best values sets I’ve seen and a god send for a poor blogger attempting to keep both her semi-sobriety and bank account intact through the holidays. So you get a string of Pinnacle reviews in the upcoming weeks.

Cake – This stuff definitely tastes of vanilla. And it’s sweet. Other than that, I’m not sure I could distinguish this from say a marshmallow flavored vodka. Or a cotton candy vodka. It’s not too harsh, and it should be an easy hit with lovers of the OG Pinnacle Whipped. This one gets a CHUG on flavor alone, though for my money I’d probably prefer to tough it out with vanilla Burnett’s instead.

Cinnabon – The problem I’ve noticed with baked goods flavored vodkas is that it is hard to nail all the different flavors involved with them. Take a chocolate chip cookie. You need the buttery vanilla of the cookie and the semi-sweet chocolate of the cips. Even one of those factors is hard to nail but throw in two and the game is over. I have to say that this cinnamon vodka could easily have strayed into either vanilla overload or just another cinnamon shot but surprisingly it managed a pretty good and true to life mix of the two. I think it’s safe to say I could have guessed what flavor this was without being told and it’s surprisingly addictive to boot. It is sweet enough without being cloyingly so and makes you immediately wish for another. Pinnacle hit a homerun with this one so it goes without saying it get a CHUG!

Peachberry Cobbler – I hadn’t heard of this particular Pinnacle offering. It’s not too surprising since I’ve never heard peachberry cobbler to begin with. I didn’t have too high a hope for this vodka but I was pleasantly surprised. The peachy berriness is pretty good and though I wouldn’t go so far as to claim cobblerness, it is tasty. It’s not my favorite ever, but it is drinkable and maybe some people will really like this. I just wouldn’t buy a whole bottle. CHUG!

Pecan Pie (snippet of original review that can be read HERE) – I think this vodka is drinkable, and even likeable. But it does not taste like pecan pie. This tasted like goddamn Frangelico. That’s not a bad thing, but pecan pie it ain’t. It’ll get a CHUG from me, but barely.

Pinnacle Whipped

7 Feb

Pinnacle Whipped

 

It shocked me that I hadn’t reviewed this vodka before because I have damn sure drank it. I thought I loved this vodka! And then I tried it warm with other vodkas as the warm up acts and let me tell you: some of it’s charm dissipated. What I always took as a smooth and flavored shot quickly revealed itself to be an overly sweet sugar bomb that is best relegated to a one night stand rather than a long term relationship. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who need these types of sugar levels to handle a shot. I take no issue with that. I personally would rather get a cheaper alternative (BURNETTS MOTHERFUCKER) or use it to sweeten another drink (think hot chocolate.)  This will get a CHUG but beware it’s cloying sweetness.

Pinnacle Caramel Apple

3 Feb

Caramel Apple

Now this is a tasty fucking treat! A delicious caramel flavor with a slight hint of almost sour apple underneath. It lives up to the name and unlike some liquors I feel that I could figure out the inspiration from just tasting. It’s also smooth as shit, which is always a plus. This is a CHUG fo sho.

Pinnacle Pecan Pie

20 Dec

Pinnacle Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is probably my favorite type of pie. I don’t know if that biased me for or against this flavoring, but it probably had some sort of an effect. I bought this after yet another fruitless trip to the alphabet store to learn that they still don’t have Burnett’s Pumpkin Spice. But if I had known there was a pecan pie flavored vodka, it probably would’ve been even higher on my list.

I think this vodka is drinkable, and even likeable. But it does not taste like pecan pie. Pecan pie has the distinct nuttiness of pecans blended with the beautifully sweet flavors of brown sugar and a hint of vanilla and whiskey. This tasted like goddamn Frangelico. That’s not a bad thing, but pecan pie it ain’t. So I guess if you want a cheaper version of Frangelico this is a good thing, but otherwise don’t get your hopes up. If it’s even cheaper than Frangelico. Has anyone besides a bar actually ever bought that crap? It’ll get a CHUG from me, but barely.

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.

TL;DR

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