Watkins Select Maple Flavored Whiskey

35% ABV/70 proof. By LeVecke Corporation, Mira Loma, California

Watkins Select Maple, Bourbon, Jim Beam Maple, J Seeds Apple Cider, Bird Dog Grapefruit
Watkins Select Maple, Bourbon, Jim Beam Maple, J Seeds Apple Cider, Bird Dog Grapefruit

The LeVecke website vaguely says that it “develops, bottles and markets products in each spirit segment for any corporate brand product line-up.” Translation: They buy cheap whiskey from some other producer, dilute it with a bit of water, add flavoring, and bottle it under other names. They also make Black Powder Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Watkins Select (and Black Powder) are house brands for Total Wine & More.

Nose: Deep maple and caramel

Palate: Thick, syrupy, this tastes more like maple syrup than whiskey. So much so, that I simply can’t rate this as a whiskey. In terms of nose, body and flavor, it is a highly sweetened, flavored, whiskey-based liquor, and so we must evaluate it on that playing fields. Frankly, a lot of my friends would like this. Sweet, a good maple flavor. But not something to buy a 750 ml bottle of!

Q&A: Proof in each bottle for Mira Loma company. The Press-Enterprise 

Fireball, Watkins Maple, Jim Beam Maple, Revel Stoke, J Seed Apple Cider, Southern Comfort
Fireball, Watkins Maple, Jim Beam Maple, Revel Stoke, J Seed Apple Cider, Southern Comfort

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