Prairie Fire starts life as the previously mentioned Iowa Shine, which is a 100% corn whiskey that is double distilled and triple filtered. Iowa Distilling's process does indeed produce an uncommonly smooth white whiskey at 40% alcohol by volume, much better than most we've tasted. So, Prairie Fire definitely has a great base to start from. To that base, cinnamon flavoring is added to create the translucent red hooch with the spicy taste profile that is bottled at a slightly lower 35% ABV. But, you say, "DP what does it taste like?" Well, let's find out.
Cost - $25 for a 750ml bottle
Content - 35% ABV
Age - None, it's flavored white whiskey
Interesting Bottle Fact - Fire is a force of nature on the prairie. It starts as a red glow then sweeps across the land, scorching everything it touches. We bottled this heat with our double-distilled whiskey – for those who like to play with fire.
-Nose is heavy cinnamon (duh)
-Bright clear red color
-Like the shine, this is pretty smooth neat
-Hot Tamales in a glass
Verdict: Mix It
Whiskey Detectives are not big flavored spirit fans. Whether it's overly spiced rums, or cake batter vodka. However, sometimes flavored booze can surprise us. Bushmills Irish Honey being one. Prairie Fire also surprised us - to a point. I used to eat a lot of Hot Tamales when I was younger, so cinnamon flavor does hold a special place in my heart. Also, both Most Ridic and I commented on the smooth quality of the whiskey, and felt even though it wasn't really our thing, it was well executed. We could see people enjoying it in a Hot Chocolate or maybe some of the winter holiday cocktails.
(Images from DP's iphone)