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

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:
 
Drinks Decoded: Moscow Mule

Drinks Decoded: Moscow Mule

This week's Drinks Decoded takes on the Moscow Mule....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 19, 2016
Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Will Close at the End of July

Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Will Close at the End of July

The Campbell Apartment, a New York institution connected to Grand Central Station, will close at the end of July....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 18, 2016
Where to Go for Bottomless Brunch in D.C.

Where to Go for Bottomless Brunch in D.C.

In DC, brunch is synonymous with bottomless drinks; here are our picks for the best places to get endless pours of your favorite brunch beverages....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 12, 2016
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Learn How to Put Beer, Wine, Cider and BBQ Together at the Hill Center

Learn How to Put Beer, Wine, Cider and BBQ Together at the Hill Center

Guests will have the opportunity to make their own cocktails....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 12, 2016
Boston Beer Company Wants to Trademark 'Brexit'

Boston Beer Company Wants to Trademark 'Brexit'

After the historic Brexit vote in the UK, Boston Beer Company has registered to trademark the term for one of its ciders....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jul 5, 2016
Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2016 in D.C.

Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2016 in D.C.

A number of DC restaurants and bars will be celebrating le quatorze juillet with plenty of parties, wine and food specials. Say oui oui and get yourse...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 5, 2016
Where to Celebrate July 4th in D.C.

Where to Celebrate July 4th in D.C.

From hot dog eating contests to BBQs and pool parties, there's no shortage of celebrations in honor of July 4th....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jun 28, 2016
You Can Now Drink Much Earlier on Sundays in NYC

You Can Now Drink Much Earlier on Sundays in NYC

It may come as a shock to those living outside of New York, but, up until very recently, the sale of liquor on Sundays was prohibited before noon...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 28, 2016
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
The Shark Week Drinking Game

The Shark Week Drinking Game

This year, one of cable TV's longest-running programs celebrates its 29th anniversary. Enjoy it to the fullest with this handy game. Shark Week starts...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2016
SPONSORED
View all Articles

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

Close