Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

What Does ArKay Alcohol-Free Whisky Taste Like?

by The Drink Nation on Jan 6, 2012 in Liquor
What Does ArKay Alcohol-Free Whisky Taste Like?

Whisky without alcohol? Mmmkay... In fact, it’s called ArKay, and it’s relatively new to market. The contradictory quaff is a product of Fort Lauderdale-based Scottish Spirits, Ltd. and is apparently created in factories in Panama. Actually labeled a “whisky flavored drink,” the concoction is meant to allow those who can’t or won’t imbibe alcohol a way to experience the tastes, feelings and enjoyment – as far as that is possible – of a sip of brown spirit. The mixture of water, glycerol, flavoring, coloring and sweetners, which comes in both 12-oz. cans and 750-mL bottles, has zero sugar, zero fat, zero protein and zero calories.

Be it poured over ice or mixed in mocktails, the beverage is aimed at designated drivers, on-duty officers and those who keep halal, the symbol for which is included prominently on the brand’s label. But does it work? Does it taste even remotely like Scotch (Scottish whisky eschews the “e” in the word, unlike Irish whiskey or American whiskeys)?

According to a recent taste-test by Huffington Post, the answer is resoundingly “No.”

Our eight intrepid tasters were unanimous in that this alcohol-free whisky tastes, well, pretty awful. The smell alone was reminiscent of "shoe cleaner" and was "horribly offensive, similar to that of a litter box." The taste made one taster "want to puke." Another said, "This tastes like I'm licking a horse saddle -- I can't tell if it tastes like leather or shoe polish."

We also wondered if the drink did anything to approximate some of the fundamental aspects of whisky, such as the warming of the chest, or the pleasant burn on the throat as it goes down. On Twitter, Aaron Cohen gave a scenario of how that might work:

Has anyone tried it? Does this description fit?

Recent Articles
spacer
Home Bar Project Below Features

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Diageo To Add Nutrition Labels to Products

Diageo To Add Nutrition Labels to Products

It looks like multinational alcoholic beverages company Diageo PLC has taken a leaf out of the food industry's book....read more ›

by Emily Lee Mar 30, 2015
California Private Equity Firm Buys Hood River's Full Sail Brewing

California Private Equity Firm Buys Hood River's Full Sail Brewing

Earlier this month, the 78 Full Sail employee-owners and founders voted to sell the company to Oregon Craft Br...read more ›

by Hannah Howard Mar 30, 2015
Thu
Apr 2
Wed
Apr 8
Mad Fox Brewing Company 
Mon
Apr 13
Mad Fox Brewing Company 
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
Remembering Michael Jackson: The Man Who Changed The Beer World

Remembering Michael Jackson: The Man Who Changed The Beer World

March 27 marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of leading beer and whisky critic, Michael Jackson....read more ›

by Emily Lee Mar 27, 2015
D.C.'s Best Bars for Sipping Gin and Tonics

D.C.'s Best Bars for Sipping Gin and Tonics

The gin and tonic is a simple cocktail, yet can also be so versatile. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Mar 27, 2015
Proposed Small Brew Act Seeks to Cut Taxes on Craft Brewers Nationwide

Proposed Small Brew Act Seeks to Cut Taxes on Craft Brewers Nationwide

Change in craft beer taxes are brewing on Capital Hill. ...read more ›

by Hannah Howard Mar 26, 2015
Home Bar Project: How to Make a La Floridita Daiquiri

Home Bar Project: How to Make a La Floridita Daiquiri

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a finely crafted cocktail?...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 26, 2015
A Bar in London Has a Cocktail Made With Kobe Beef

A Bar in London Has a Cocktail Made With Kobe Beef

A modern twist on a classic Old Fashioned, The Kobe Cocktail is treated to a wash of the highest grade Kobe fat, then stirred with maple syrup and car...read more ›

by Emily Lee Mar 24, 2015
Japan Beats Scotland for Title of Best Whisky in the World

Japan Beats Scotland for Title of Best Whisky in the World

Move over, Scotland. Japanese whisky reigns supreme. The coveted title of World Whisky of the Year for 2015 goes to The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry 20...read more ›

by Hannah Howard Mar 24, 2015
Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Whether you're trying to get the best of a hangover or simply celebrating the weekend with a bout of day drinking, these bars with breakfast sipping s...read more ›

by Drink DC Feb 10, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close