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Normally I am not one to reach for a bottle that says Jeremiah Weed on it. Mainly because I usually go right for the bourbon on the middle and top shelf. Jeremiah Weed is usually next to the spiced whiskeys and I usually leave that for the college kids in town. However, this bottle is absolutely unmistakeable. The graphic design on the front of the Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey bottle has a ton of character. It has a very new school look. As apposed to the normal look of whiskey labels that are generally very basic and simple looking.
Sarsaparilla was once very popular in the 19th century and continues to be popular in almost every western to hit hollywood. Sarsaparilla, made from the sarsaparilla root was once known as a natural cure to skin
and blood problems. Much to the good grace of modern medicine we have come to find out that Sarsaparilla was just as good at keeping away vultures from rotting roadkill as it was at curing blood problem. Sarsaparilla is mostly known for being a sugar-based soda beverage, much like root beer.
Once you open up a bottle of Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey your nostrils are greeted by a sweet butterscotch smell. The color is traditional whiskey brown and the proof is 70 proof, which to me is frankly disappointing. I like to drink whiskey that is at least 80 proof. 70 proof whiskeys are usually too sweet. I decided to first taste this whiskey straight up, two fingers. I then tried Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey with two ice cubes. This whiskey was very sweet. Sweeter that I generally like my whiskey. If you are trying to get into drinking whisky straight I would suggest this as a good starter much like Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey or Bird Dog Blackberry Flavored Whiskey. If you are an avid full bodied whiskey drinker like myself I would not recommend this whiskey to you. You will hate it. Some of the flavor notes include vanilla, pumpkin spice, sweet fruit, caramel and once again butterscotch.
Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey mixes great in cola. It reminds me of a spiced vanilla coke. Just saying that out loud really makes me want one now. This beverage would pair great with a spicy cigar like a Black Label Trading Company Last Rites, Sindicato Maduro or a Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970.