Personal note: My internet has been completely out the past week (thanks to terrible service and prices on AT&T and Comcast’s parts) and it won’t be restored until this coming Saturday at the earliest. So until then it’s just my phone and occasional time at my friend’s place.
My experience with Southern Comfort has been a bit, how might you say, inconsistent. The original batch is easily one of the sweetest hard alcohols you’ll find. It makes sense, since even the 100 proof variant says that it’s a liqueur (go ahead, check the bottle). For all its syrupy sweetness, Southern Comfort can be a very enjoyable drink on its own. I even tried a sip of the Fiery Pepper variant and found it rather stomachable. Now the Black Cherry flavor, that’s one which will forever live in infamy among my (empty) collection.
But I’m able to cast a putrid drink aside if other offerings are solid. And since I’m a sucker for drinks that are intense and/or high in proof, I decided to grab a 100 proof bottle. I figure it’ll either have more burn or less of sweet factor, which might make cocktails using 70 proof SoCo a bit more interesting.
The dark purple label and noticeably dimmer color help distinguish this bottle, not unlike Captain Morgan 100 Proof (though to more success). To my surprise, upon opening the bottle, the scent isn’t terribly imposing. On the nose I’m beginning to get some Black Cherry deja vu, bringing some ripe anxiety to the table.
I take a sip and the sweet flavor almost immediately gives way to the burn of the alcohol. It very quickly goes from that heavy, almost dark peach flavor to the tangling burn of a comforting liquor as it massages your chest. The drink is still very sweet, yet less dominant and cordial; in other words, it feels a bit more adult. There’s still no mistaking this for an actual bourbon, and one shot of this can definitely leave your throat and mouth dry. Whether the extra $5 is worth the climb is a question of personal preference. If less sweetness and higher potency is what you want out of SoCo, then this is a viable option. But if you enjoy SoCo the way it is, then I can think of little to persuade you to make a permanent jump up the proof ladder.