Starbucks Wants You To Enjoy Your Coffee Like Whiskey (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

Good whiskey and good coffee undoubtedly have a lot in common. From their rich, complex tasting notes that sometimes take a little practice to get right to their slightly mind-altering properties and adult-beverage qualities, there’s just something fully ambient about each.

And we know from our love of Irish coffee that the two go together pretty seamlessly.

Now, Starbucks is taking this relationship to the next level by actually aging some of their coffee in whiskey barrels for an extra special beverage that they are currently only serving at their super fancy Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle for a limited time, according to Brand Eating.

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Starbucks Reserve Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sulawesi is the small-batch coffee in question. When the Indonesian beans are still green (as all coffee beans start out before they are roasted), they get dumped into American Oak-Aged Whiskey Barrels from Woodinville Whiskey Co., where they sit for a few weeks, rotating around so that they get enough time to soak up the whiskey.

“The centuries-old craft of barrel aging allows for time to work its magic, imparting rich flavors that could never develop in haste,” Starbucks Reserve wrote on their Instagram page. “For our first barrel-aged [Starbucks Reserve] coffee, we aged small-lot Sulawesi coffee beans to aromatic perfection through a meticulous process using oak barrels. This coffee is simply unforgettable: intense whiskey aromas with caramel and mellow oak flavors.”

If you show up the flagship Reserve spot, you can pick up ready-to-brew bags of coffee, or you can be a little more wild and order one of two special drinks from their cafe: the Barrel-Aged Cold Brew, which is exactly what it sounds like and is served in a carafe with barrel-aged vanilla syrup and a cup with a large ice cube, like a glass of whiskey, and the Barrel-Aged Con Crema, which is the hot pour-over version of the same beans, mixed with the same vanilla syrup and topped with cascara sugar cold foam.

In case you are wondering, all the booze cooks out during roasting and brewing, so you’re just left with the mellow flavor notes. It won’t get you tipsy, unless you dump a shot of the stuff in yourself.

Sources: Brand Eating, Starbucks Reserve/Instagram / Photo Credit: Starbucks Reserve/Instagram

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Jack Daniel’s Has A New Whiskey-Flavored Coffee

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If you’re looking to intensify your coffee game in new and bold ways, this might just be the product for you.

Your morning brew just got an after-hours kick to it, because Jack Daniel’s has released a new coffee that doesn’t just smell like whiskey — it tastes like it too. 

The unique blend of coffee is 100% Arabica, and is also infused with authentic Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey; then, it is roasted medium, which gives the brew a nice, full-bodied rich flavor. You’ll be able to taste the vanilla and caramel notes distinct to Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey in every single sip.

“Everyday we make it, we’ll make it the best that we can,” the product’s website quotes Mr. Jack Daniel himself as saying.

Jack Daniel’s Coffee is ground, and it comes available in both regular and decaffeinated forms. It is packaged in 8.8 ounce collectible tins, as well as 1.5 ounce gift bags.

“We use the best tasting and highest quality coffees in the world and now add to that the authentic taste and aroma of Jack Daniel’s,” said Charlie Newman, who is the president, owner, and roast master of World of Coffee, the company that partnered with Jack Daniel’s to produce the product, in a press release. 

“We take a lot of care and pride in the coffee products we craft and Jack Daniel’s Coffee is no exception.”

What’s more, even though the brew supposedly smells and tastes just like whiskey, the American blend is actually non-alcoholic, which means you can enjoy as many cups as you like in the morning without impairing your judgment (although we still wouldn’t recommend drinking it in front of your boss at work! Whiskey breath is no joke, people). 

Sources: Jack Daniels Coffee, Jack Daniel's / Photo Credit: Jack Daniels Coffee

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