Dock-57-Blackberry

Dock 57 Blackberry 40% alc/vol

September 2, 2012

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Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grape popsicle, sweet simple syrup and maybe just a hint of clean oak in a whisky liqueur-cum-ice-cream topping designed for summer patio, fall campfire, or winter-hot-spot bliss.

Let’s get this straight: If Dock 57 Spiced is for whisky sippers, Dock 57 Blackberry is much more of a sipping liqueur. But serious whisky? No. The bold, fruity and sweet infusions pretty much over-write all but a few key traces of whisky. Still, it is well balanced, very moreish, and frankly, a whole lot of fun. Of course at 40% it would also go well in a fruity cocktail.

Flavoured whisky may be the whisky story of 2012. Suddenly, producers all seem to have caught the bug. And among the leaders is Beam Inc. Beam introduced Red Stag bourbon a few years back and followed up with several variants on the original cherry-flavoured version. And now the trend has been picked up by Canadian Club.

The spiced version of Dock 57 uses vanilla and spices judiciously to bolster whisky flavours, pushing some of the more vague oaky nuances up to the threshold of taste. Dock 57 Blackberry, however, makes no attempt to maintain the whisky profile. Rather, it uses the whisky flavours to broaden the sweet, berryish fruitiness of a fun cocktail drink.

There will be no intellectual discussions among whisky connoisseurs, followed by earnest tasting notes, for this one. No, the label may bear the Canadian Club logo, but this is one unabashedly fun fruity concoction that will do more to draw new drinkers to whisky than it will to satisfy those whose whisky palate has already developed certain expectations.

Flavoured rum, of course, is very popular and a huge seller, so can you blame whisky makers for following the same playbook? If they can boost sales and attract new customers without affecting their core whiskies, more power to them.

And there is another benefit to fruit flavoured whisky – whisky dessert! A dram or two of Dock 57 Blackberry added to a dish of French vanilla ice cream is heavenly, and added to a dish of coconut-milk ice cream it is heaven itself.

So here’s to Dock 57 Blackberry. It does not take itself too seriously, and neither will the drinker who would rather sip and chat with friends than analyse the contents of their glass.

$14.99 at liquor stores in the U.S.

Dock 57 Spiced is reviewed here.

Other flavoured whiskies include:

Black Velvet Toasted Caramel

Forty Creek Cream Liquor

Gibson’s Maple 100th Grey Cup

Highwood Canadian Maple Whisky

Revelstoke Spiced

White Owl Spiced


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13 Responses to “Dock 57 Blackberry 40% alc/vol”

  1. Richard J Sariano:

    Best whisky I have ever had

  2. Richard J Sariano:

    I would love a case for free lol

  3. Cody:

    I buy the airplane bottles of dock 57. I keep waiting on the big bottle in stores.

    • Tiffany:

      I would like to be able to buy a handle of this whiskey! It is by far my favorite!

  4. Cody:

    I request to send the big bottles to ABC store in Leland nc please

  5. john:

    we dont have the blackberry in canada….not canadian enough?

  6. Allan Gould:

    I live in winnipeg and Your retailer MLCC is out of stock and so is their warehouse. With none on order ??????? I need some Dock 57, Nicest sippin Whisky ever. Crown Royal is like diesel fuel, help me.

    • Davin:

      Hi Allan, I write about whisk but I do not sell it so I am sorry, I am unable to help you.

  7. Chris:

    I live in Winnipeg and we have this stuff all over the place. I buy 2 bottles at a time everytime!!!

  8. Shawn:

    I drink plenty of whisky and I really enjoy switching it up to the Dock 57 Balckberry. I live in Alberta, CAN. You have to hunt for it but it is around. Enjoy.

  9. Dock 57 Blackberry is fantastic, goes down better than beer, no mix required, its delicious! Well done CC boys!

  10. Brian:

    Loving this stuff in Chicago!! Great taste! We mix it with 7-up and it’s gone in a night. Need bigger bottles!!

  11. James:

    This whiskey is phenomenal. Please bring it back to Nashville/Knoxville. SO GOOD


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