Featured Best Buy Booze: Phillips Union Vanilla

July 11, 2011 — Phillips Union Vanilla

Flavored vodka has become a ubiquitous part of the modern cocktail seen. Anymore it’s become a bit of a challenge to see who can come up with the funkiest flavors. There’s vanilla, chocolate, caramel, coffee, whipped cream, lemon, lime, lemon-lime, grape, bacon, and even cola.

Even more popular in the sorority houses of college campuses everywhere is the flavored rum. Mango. Pineapple. Coconut.

Less used, however, are the flavored whiskies. It’s still considered somewhat blasphemous to take a quality mash and gussy it up with all sorts of infusions and flavors. Sure, there’s always been some out there, such as the Wild Turkey American Honey we reviewed a while back. While the vodka purists have – for the most part — given up hollering and stamping their feet at the prospect of flavored vodkas, whiskies are a whole other beast.

I’m whiskey drinker myself. And for a long time, I was among those who hemmed and hawed against the unjust flavoring of whiskey. And yet, I’ve broken rank several times. I’m a big drinker of Fireball Whisky. This week, we’re going to dip our toes into that water again with Phillips Union Vanilla.

Phillips Distilling Company is a Minnesota-based company that’s the brand behind the UV, Belvedere and Chopin vodkas. The introduction of the whiskey is a relatively new branch out (2005) in an attempt to create a premium whiskey brand. The majority of their business comes from the Great Plains region.

Phillips Union is a blend of Kentucky and Canadian whiskies and comes in three versions — standard, cherry, and vanilla. Because I’m not a big fan of cherry, we’ll be featuring the vanilla this week.

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Strong, strong vanilla flavor. The advantage they have is that it’s a true vanilla scent, and not that fake crap you get from so many infused liquors.


True vanilla up on the front, with some delightful whiskey flavor on the back.

On the Rocks:

Even smoother. This would be an excellent drinking whiskey, but even better in cocktails. Certainly not a top-shelf booze.


  1. Vanilla whiskey? Consider yourself one-upped.


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