imagesMickey Finn is one of those names that you hear bantered about when there’s a lot of drinking going on, but you probably have no idea who he was.  So, here’s your friendly Good Spirits News editor to tell you the story.

Mickey Finn was an Irishman who emigrated to the US in the late 1890′s, to became bar manager of the Lone Star Saloon on South State Street in Chicago, Illinois.  Apparently, Mickey got a little experimental with some of his cocktails by adding a little dash of  chloral hydrate.  No, it’s not molecular mixology or some Jerry Thomas era bitters we’re talking about.  It’s a drug that renders you unconscious.  I guess “roofies” aren’t all that recent in the drinking scene, after all.  Anyway, Mickey would work out an arrangement with some of his employees to slip some of this drug into the drink of a well-to-do patron, then quietly rob them in a back room while they were unconscious, and finally leave them in an alleyway.  When they woke up, they couldn’t remember what had happened.

This all caught up with Mr. Finn in 1903, when he was finally arrested and his saloon shut down.  Amazingly enough, his escapades were notorious enough, that his name became synonymous with overstrong cocktails, that to this day it serves as his eponymous legacy.

So, why would you name an apple flavored whiskey after him?  That’s debatable.  Mickey Finn Irish Apple Whiskey is lower in proof than most spirits, it’s not entirely Irish (in fact it includes a hefty dose of American whisky), and it’s blended in The Netherlands!  It seems as if someone is trying to slip us a Mickey.  Well, on to the review…

Mickey Finn Irish Apple Whiskey (70 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Strong apple scent, with virtually no whiskey notes noticeable.
Taste: Sour green apple is immediate, then followed by a hint of subtle whiskey flavor.  It’s less intense than sour apple schnapps, but not so much a whiskey as an apple liqueur.
Finish: Fairly short, but pleasant.
Overall: Good for shots or added to ginger beer, cola or Guinness for an extra kick.
GSN Rating: B

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