Thanksgiving Turkey-Flavored Whiskey is a Must-Have at the Table This Year

by Courtney Blackann
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Whiskey comes in many flavors. Some of these are arguably better than others. But if you’re in the mood for something festive, you’ll want to try this twist on the drink. Tamworth Distilling is celebrating the 400th Thanksgiving with a turkey-flavored whiskey. While it seems a bit like an unusual flavor, it actually seems worth a try.

The “Bird of Courage” specialized whiskey is a roast turkey-flavor with a combination of other flavors. These include flint corn, chestnuts, cranberries, fresh sage, parsley, apples and – you guessed it – actual turkey. As a combination of rye, malt and corn, the whiskey is a Bond Whiskey.

“The essence of the production strategy was to process every ingredient in the manner that they would be prepped for a real Thanksgiving dinner,” said a spokesperson for the distillery. “So, the turkey was basted while roasting, the corn bread was baked until just right, and the stuffing recipe I used tasted just like my Mom’s! Everything was distilled fresh from the oven so we could capture the true essence of Thanksgiving.”

Whiskey Named by Benjamin Franklin

Further, the unique name comes from Benjamin Franklin, Forbes reports.

Apparently, Franklin thought that turkey was more appropriate as a national bird over the eagle. This is because he believed it was a “more appropriate national bird” and truer to the American heritage.

According to historian and Tamworth Distilling founder Steven Grasse said Franklin’s beliefs about the bird inspired its name.

“…dubbing the turkey as a ‘bird of courage’ that ‘would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards…” Unfortunately, congress was not convinced, however, and the eagle persisted as our national symbol,” he said.

The drink is 92 proof and costs $65 per 200 milliliters. It’ll be available for purchase at Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire and at Philadelphia’s Art in the Age or online at www.seelbachs.com beginning November 6.

Though it’s definitely different, it’s a drink worth trying for whatever holiday plans you’re making. It would probably pair well with a Thanksgiving dinner – or even as a pre-celebratory treat. So those of you that feel adventurous, give the whiskey a try.

More to Try

However, if you’re feeling fancy, you can always attempt to find a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. It is the most difficult to find in the U.S. But if you’re in the mood for a good hunt, this option is also a good buy.

However, not everyone agrees the whiskey is the greatest of all time.

“My suggestion for the Pappy is to just get a bottle of Eagle Rare and enjoy the same juice with a little less aging,” Aubrey Slater, co-owner of Saint Luna said

The drink became notable during the famous bourbon heist in 2013. The story unfolds in the series “Heist.” It’s certainly worth trying once, even if it is a difficult find.

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