Fireball Whisky Prices Guide 2020

Fireball Whisky isn’t a pricey single malt or even a malt blend. No, it’s an entirely different animal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable. With a unique mixture of whisky, cinnamon and sweeteners, the Sazerac Company who produce it, have made Fireball Whisky one of the most popular liqueurs in the US.

In this article, we’re taking a look at this unique drink with a price guide, alternatives, and some tips on how best to use Fireball Whisky as a mixer or cocktail ingredient.

What is Fireball Whisky?

The name is a misnomer. This isn’t a straight up whisky. Even though the bottle and label design harken back to Southern bourbons. It’s actually a liqueur. That means it’s a spirit mixed with either one or more flavourings.

It was first made in Canada. During the 1980s it became popular in its country of origin, but few outside of Canada new of its existence after it was brought to market in 1984. Since then, Fireball Whisky has expanded its distribution to include all of Canada and the United States. It’s become a very popular drink, ranking as the best-selling liqueur in the US in 2015. Fireball Whisky’s producer, the Sazerac Company, has also launched the drink in a variety of other countries including the EU and beyond.

As we mentioned, it’s a liqueur. So, there’s no straight up, pure spirit here. To be considered a spirit, a drink should be around 80 proof (40%), but Fireball Whisky sits at a lower 33% (66 proof).

The ingredients are:

  • Canadian Whisky: Unsurprisingly, Fireball is made with Canadian Whisky as its base. This should not be confused with Scotch or whisky.
  • Cinnamon: The Fireball Whisky website claims that real cinnamon is used, and it’s difficult to argue. This is the strongest flavor in the drink and is the reason it tastes more like a liquer than a real whisky.

It’s important to state that Fireball has no propylene glycol. Up until 2014, it did, and caused controversy in Europe as this substance is banned for use in drinks and foods there. In response, the Sazerac Company removed this preservative from the drink to quell public health fears. In actual fact, many foods and drinks still contain propylene glycol, and whether it was ever dangerous in the first place is still being debated.

How Does Fireball Whisky Taste?

Drinking Fireball Whisky is much like eating “red hot” forms of candy.

  • Nose: The liqueur smells strongly of sweet cinnamon, but a sour cinnamon scent can be found underneath this.
  • Taste: You’ll be unsurprised to know that the overriding taste here is cinnamon. It’s not a subtle drink, and this is the main note you’ll find. However, there is some complexity in the finish.
  • Finish: The aftertaste includes cinnamon, however there is also a menthol finish which tastes of mint. This creates the fiery aftertaste which many will associate with spicy forms of candy when mixed with the overarching cinnamon.

It’s clear then that if you love cinnamon, you’ll love the taste of Fireball Whisky. If you’re looking for something which is more subtle or a straight up spirit, then you should look elsewhere.

Fireball Whisky Price Guide

Let’s cut to the chase. Fireball Whisky is a mid-range drink skewing towards the budget conscious.

Prices are in the range of:

Type

Size

Price

Proof

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

750ml

$12.99 - $17.99

66

1L

$16.99 - $21.99

66

1.75L

$24.99 - $30.99

66

Prices will vary depending on region, however, with a slightly higher cost in the EU and beyond due to import taxation and other tariffs. The price increase takes Fireball Whisky into more of a standard midrange spirit or liqueur territory.

Prices of Alternatives to Fireball Whisky

It’s always a good idea to check out a variety of drinks in the same price range. Fireball whisky has a number of competitors which are worth taking a look at. We’re talking flavored whiskys here, so nothing straight up, although there are some perfectly serviceable malts and blends at this price range too!

Flavored alternatives include:

  • Jack Daniels Honey: A classic Bourbon, but its producers offer a few flavored versions. The most popular of which is its Tennessee Honey brand. Introduced in 2011, this is more subtle than Fireball whisky and has a honey and charcoal aftertaste. You can pick up a 750ml bottle for around $19.
  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire: Another flavored whisky from Jack Daniels. Similar to Fireball whisky, this drink has an overriding cinnamon taste to it. Not quite as overpowering as Fireball, so this is a better option for people wanting that cinnamon taste without it being “in your face”. A 750ml bottle is available for about $19.
  • Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon: This Connecticut whisky is flavored with cinnamon but has an oak-aged after taste alongside it. At 71.2 proof (35.3%) it’s slightly stronger than Fireball Whisky. Available for around $18 for a 750ml bottle.
  • Yukon Jack Wicked Hot: This is a really interesting comparison as, like Fireball whisky, Yukon Jack is made from Canadian blends. It often comes up favorably in reviews when compared to Fireball as it lacks the menthol/candy note and provides a more realistic cinnamon experience. However, others feel its musty, sawdust notes are an acquired taste. You can pick up a 750ml bottle for around $16.

​Fireball whisky Recipes

With such a strong cinnamon taste, Fireball Whisky can be used as an exotic, unusual mixer, and in cocktails, too. Some suggestions include:

Fiery Russian

A white Russian usually consists of Milk, a Chocolate liqueur and vodka. Replace the vodka with Fireball Whisky for a creamy cinnamon taste.

Fiery Black Russian

Likewise, a Black Russian, which usually consists of Cola, vodka and a spiced rum, is great either with a dash of Fireball whisky or substituting the spiced rum completely with it.

Dragon’s Blood

Half and half Cranberry and Fireball whisky. Simple, to the point, and it’ll knock your socks off.

Fire & Ice Shot

One part Fireball whisky, one part Mint liqueur such as De Kuyper or Dr McGillicuddy’s Mentholmint. Alternatively, a mint flavored soda works great if you can get your hands on it, and turns this shot into a long cocktail. Soda water can be added alongside a mint liqueur shot if tracking down a mint flavored soda proves too difficult. Garnish with lemon and mint.

Fireball Mule

Cinnamon and ginger go great together. This take on a Moscow Mule has a real bite. One part Fireball Whisky, two parts ginger beer, some pineapple juice and then some fresh lime.

​Conclusion

Fireball Whisky is affordable and works both as an exotic mixer and sipping whisky for those who enjoy a strong flavor. But that’s enough from us. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

What do you think of Fireball Cinnamon whisky?

And what’s your favorite flavored whisky currently on the market?

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