Dear god, is there another alcoholic blend that screams "douchebro" any louder than the Jager Bomb? A shot of a German whiskey known as Jagermeister placed into a small glass of Red Bull? It's best known as one of those get-this-party-started cappers, or something to suck down when you're in a celebratory mood. While people don't consider the essential component of the Jager Bomb - the Jagermeister - to be a real whiskey, that's what the German brand advertises it as. It's tough to gauge the opinions of whiskey experts, though, because so few of them seem to be willing to give Jagermeister a try on its own.
Jagermeister has a flavor called Jagermeister Spice, and with this, you'll pretty much just have to sip it down neat. It's a cinnamon and vanilla blend, which probably isn't going to go very well with that Red Bull, or really much of anything else that isn't water.
Jagermeister Spice is 25 percent alcohol by volume, meaning you'll be nice and soused after a couple of sips if your tolerance is particularly low.
Okay, maybe I was being a little bit rash above. The truth is, I like cinnamon and vanilla flavors, and they can go well with a lot of different foods if they get used in moderation. The main trouble with Jagermeister Spice, though, is that Jagermeister apparently doesn't believe in moderation. I don't know how the Germans typically do whiskey, but I hope to god this isn't their face brand, because otherwise there's a reason why German whiskey doesn't hold the level of prestige of Irish whisky, Scottish whisky (scotch), bourbon whiskey (American), or hell, even the light, misunderstood, and frequently maligned Canadian whisky.
The first thing you'll notice about Jagermeister Spice is the insanely powerful nose. It's not like you'll have to bring the bottle up to your schnozz and take a nice deep whiff to experience Jagermeister Spice's nose, because uncorking this stuff is like letting the genie out of the bottle. You unscrew the cap and POW! It smacks you right upside the head right off the bat.
Upon the first sip, it's hard to really want to keep this stuff in your mouth, chewing it in order to get a sense of the depth of flavor. This is in some part because the flavors are so up front. It's cinnamon and vanilla! And the good folks of Jagermeister wanted to absolutely ascertain that you completely understood that. Maybe there are a few other flavorful depths to Jagermeister Spice, but the two advertised flavors are so powerful that they overwhelm anything and everything else.
The hard flavors aren't the only thing you'll notice about Jagermeister Spice after it's in your mouth. It's also easy to spot the liquor's roughness. It's easy, but very rough. Raspy, even - almost like licking a grater. The weight is on another level, too - the taste is so heavy that you might as well be eating a cinnamon roll that can make you drunk. If you're looking to taste an actual whiskey, you're out of luck. My mother, who has the most developed alcohol palette in my family, claims she was finally able to taste the whiskey in the finish. I failed to catch it myself, though.
My mother also said Jagermeister Spice can become a habitual problem because it's so sweet and so easy that one can easily run through a full bottle with hardly a problem. I don't share that opinion. The sweetness in this stuff is the sweetener-ultra-sweetness that makes you start licking the ground once you've had enough. After a few sips, I was practically begging to toss a trio of ice cubes into it to drink it on rocks, in order to soften the blow. All in all, I'll stick with my occasional Jager Bomb with the regular Jagermeister.