When thinking of peanut butter, Whiskey is likely not the first thing that comes to mind. But that's just what Skrewball created, and it already managed to grow a loyal fanbase. So how did peanut butter flavored Whiskey come to the market? And is it an alternative to a dram of regular Whiskey?
When I first heard about Skrewball and read a few reviews, it reminded me of reviews Bumbu Rum gets. Many people that are usually not into Whiskey or Rum say they were converted by a new sweet and low ABV version of the respective spirit. So let's take a look at this Peanut Butter Whiskey and how you should drink it.
What is Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey?
Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is a flavored and sweetened liquor with a strong peanut butter taste. It's actually not a Whiskey -or Whisky- as it would need to be at least 40% ABV or higher to officially be labeled as such. Instead, it comes at only 35% ABV. Additionally, in Europe, it would also need to barrel-age for three years or longer, which Skrewball's Peanut Butter Whiskey also does not.
The founders and producers of Skrewball are Steven and Brittany Yeng. Steven owns and manages a bar where he serves his signature Peanut Butter and Whiskey shots. These shooters were Steve's invention, and they quickly turned out a real crowd-pleaser. Encouraged by this success, the two decided to bring a peanut-butter-flavored Whiskey to the market.
And the immediate positive reception of Skrewball's Peanut Butter Whiskey led to more brands producing peanut butter Whiskeys like Sheep Dog, SQRRL, Ole Smoky, Hard Truth, Skatterbrain, and PB & W.
What does Skrewball taste like?
Skrewball has a sweet taste with intense notes of peanut butter, caramel, toffee, and just a hint of the typical Whiskey aroma. Discerned Whiskey drinkers will unquestionably say that this is not even close to a real one. And that also might be the reason why Skrewball is popular mainly amongst non-Whiskey drinkers.
The sweetness combined with the thick and sticky consistency makes it more of a liqueur than a spirit. To give you a better idea, tastewise it is closer to Baileys or Frangelico than to a genuine Bourbon or Rye. But that doesn't at all make this beverage bad. It just is a bit different from what is advertised.
When looking at the official recipes from the Skrewball brand, you can even see that they themselves don't solely rely on their product as a base. Most of the recipes on their website include at least one high-proof spirit (e.g., Rum, Rye, or Vodka) besides Skrewball in their cocktails.
How to drink it
The inventors aimed to bring the taste of their famous shot into a flavored Whiskey. So the natural answer to the question of how to drink Skrewballs Peanut Butter Whiskey would be to serve it as a shot - chilled, of course. However, straight as a shot, it is only for the sweet tooths among us. For everyone else, the preferred way might be a shot made of 50 percent Skrewball and 50 percent Rye. Shaken on ice and then strained, this mix reduces the sugar levels dramatically and elevates the liquor.
Skrewball's Peanut Butter Whiskey certainly is nothing to sip neat or on the rocks. At least for my taste buds, it's definitely way too sweet for that. However, I saw people recommend repurposing it into a topping on ice cream and waffles. And what should I say? It works.
Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey FAQs
No, Skrewball is, per definition, not a Whiskey. With a bottling strength of 35% ABV, it doesn't meet the minimum of 40% ABV required to get classified as Whiskey.
You can drink it straight, but it might be too sweet. Better drink it with a sea salt rim or mix it in a shot of 1 part Skrewball and 1 part Rye.
It does not contain actual peanut butter. However, natural peanuts are responsible for the flavor of the spirit. And its typical color and sweetness are achieved by the addition of caramel.
Skrewball usually sells for $20 to $30. That puts it into the medium-priced section for similar liqueurs.