Initially I was a little reluctant to do a Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream review for two reasons. 1. A very close friend of mine is a stakeholder in the company and 2. I don’t like cream liqueurs, e.g., Baileys Irish Cream. However, I was able to have a small sample at the Best Brands Holiday Trade Show last month and I was surprised at the difference from the other cream liqueurs that I have previously tried. With that in mind, I got my hands on a bottle and I am ready to sit down and get to work!
The first thing that really stands out about this product is the bottle. It’s a cross between an old-timey moonshine type bottle and a newer, sleeker artsy milk bottle. I had an image in my mind of Jeff and Jenny Pennington of SPEAKeasy Spirits standing at the back of an abandoned warehouse stumbling on a store of old bottles. If you are standing in the aisle at the local liquor store Whisper Creek will definitely stand out from the other products. If the brown bottle with a yellow and orange silk-screened logo does not get your attention then maybe your eyes are closed!
A couple of things set Whisper Creek apart from most other cream liqueurs. First, it is bottled at 40 proof whereas most other creams are bottled at 34 proof. Second, Whisper Creek is the only cream liqueur that uses only true Tennessee Whiskey (distilled at the SPEAKeasy Spirits distillery) as the liquor base. Other creams, such as the a fore mentioned Bailey’s, use vodka to cheapen production.
Because the bottle is brown, you really can’t see the color of the cream inside. When it is poured into a glass, however, you will see a rich, thick liquid that reminded me more of a milkshake than liquor. Adding a couple of ice cubes, of course, thins it out a little but it still looked thick after the ice melted a little.
I was expecting the nose to be sweeter than it is. Actually, I got more of a cream, caramel and butter scent up front that moved into the whiskey and closed out with a subtle spicy edge.
The taste is very similar to the scent. There was cream up front (not overwhelming) followed by vanilla, caramel, a little spice, banana, whiskey, then closes out with light butter. I expected the cream to hang on for a long time but it did not. It does stay with you for a few seconds, but not long enough to feel “filmy” in your mouth. Once the cream taste fades, the finish is a nice, smooth whiskey flavor.
Another way that I sampled this product was poured over vanilla ice cream. Wow! It turned the ice cream into a soupy mess, (maybe because I used so much Whisper Creek!) and it was a gooooood mess! I wanted to try it in coffee but that has not happened yet. I also had some bread pudding that was made with Whisper Creek and a sauce made with Collier and McKeel Tennessee Whiskey. All that I can say about that is it was one of the best deserts ever made! The bread pudding on its own was fantastic, but adding the C&M sauce to it made it heavenly!
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream is a solid 9 out of 10 Noses! It has a painless price point, roughly $20 per bottle, good style and -most importantly- a great flavor. If you do not like cream liqueurs, I would say to make this your one exception and give it a try. I never would have tried this had I not been goaded into it. Having tried it, though, I am very glad I did.
Have you tried Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream? Do you agree or disagree with my review? Do you have a suggestion for a recipe using Whisper Creek? Be sure to leave your comments below!