A 99 Proof Deer-Flavored Whiskey, “The Deerslayer,” Is A Real Thing

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‘Tis the season.

Deer season is upon us, but why stop at hunting?

Thanks to the good people at the New Hampshire-based Tamworth Distilling, deer whiskey is a real thing. Yes, you heard the correctly, deer-flavored whiskey, made with real red deer venison, is a thing.

“Coming November 14th exclusively at Tamworth Distilling — The Deerslayer is a whiskey flavored with the flora and fauna of New Hampshire in autumn — in particular, venison. We chose a 3-year old white wheat whiskey for its lighter body, and distilled it with slow-smoked red deer venison and seasonal ingredients like porcini mushrooms, cranberries, juniper berries, and green peppercorns. Savory and smoky notes characterize this one-of-a-kind spirit, with a subtle spice on the palate and a lingering finish.”

The deer-flavored whiskey will clock in at a hearty 99 proof, AKA stronger than a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.

In a statement with Drink Business, head distiller Steven Grasse, said:

“No matter what the world thought 2020 would be like, it’s safe to say that everyone was wrong. I have been interested in the idea of using venison and durian fruit as flavouring agents for some time. The gaminess of the venison lends itself as a savory compliment to the sweetness of the wheat whiskey creating a truly creative carnivorous concoction, while the juxtaposition of death and decay to delicate and floral notes of the brandy, is purely divine.”

In a world where flavored whiskeys with the consistency of cough syrup run rampant (lookin’ at you Fireball), deer whiskey actually doesn’t bad at all. A little bit of smoke, a little bit of mesquite, a little bit of deer blood (just kidding about that last one).

I could dig it.

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