The original 1987 Predator movie left a large legacy. The movie, itself, spawned three direct sequels, two spinoffs, and a reboot. Co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura both later served as governors and supporting actor Sonny Landham ran unsuccessfully for governor himself. (It’s your turn, Carl Weathers!) Now, a new element is part of the Predator legacy: whiskey.
During Christmas Week, Dutch Bourbon Whiskey, named for Arnold’s character, was unveiled. The label proudly commands, “Get in the Chopper,” quoting the Predator zinger that Arnold describes as his favorite one-liner of a career filled with soundbytes.
The bottles are the handiwork of Silver Screen Bottling, the showbiz-liquor cross-marketing team that bought you James T. Kirk Bourbon and Nuka Dark. However (#SpoilerAlert), SSB didn’t distill the whiskey.
According to an approval (called a “COLA”) from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), South Carolina’s Terressentia is providing the actual spirits. Terressentia is bulk distiller known for employing technology to produce flavor profiles similar to aged spirits in a faster timeframe.
But, what about the taste? We don’t know too much on that front beyond a 40% ABV figure and some rhetoric from the producer. “This whiskey will do more than cover you with mud, it will take you to a new level with its full-bodied flavor and hints of vanilla, coconut, and bergamont,” promises Silver Screen.
Still, we all understand the appeal of Dutch Bourbon is rooted in film not flavor. And, the Silver Screen team is not shy about dropping references to the source material. So, enjoy this masterful piece of propaganda describing the booze while employing almost every quotable line from Predator.
“There are days when you are pushing too many pencils, feeling slack-jawed, and there’s nothing you can do to get your mind to stick around. Days when you’re dropped in the meat-grinder, and life looks at you as if you ain’t no man. You’re just a bleeding thing, alien to everyone around you, and it’s as if the whole world is saying- if it bleeds, we can kill it.
But you ain’t got time to bleed.
It’s payback time. You remember a little taste of home: Dutch Bourbon Whiskey. Filling a glass, the aroma digs in like an Alabama tick. Knock, knock…this is quality. You take a sip, and the smooth taste takes you away on a chopper of blended flavors. Like a rescue team, not assassins.”
MSRp is $34.95 a bottle and will be available April 2019.