Of all the flavor profiles reviewed on ICI, the Bourbon Pecan themed flavors seem to have the widest dispersion of opinions, ranging from hated it, must've gotten a "bum pint" to loved it. I think this is mainly attributable to the way alcohol freezes (or doesn't), and the simplest explanation, that some of those pints reviewed were probably just not very balanced with regard to flavor and/or texture.
McConnell's created a play on a southern classic, Bourbon Pecan Pie. This pint made it's way into a local specialty grocer's freezer a couple months back, overshadowed a bit by some holiday flavors like Peppermint Stick, Egg Nog, and Winter Cranberry Chip. In the spirit of trying all the flavors McC's puts out there, I dutifully took home a pint.
I don’t particularly care for bourbon, and I love this ice cream, The way they that incorporated the bourbon into this flavor resulted in a nice balance between the rich base, pecan and pie crust pieces. The pie crust pieces are among the best I've had in ice cream, and as one of my favorite mix ins, that propelled this pint up my list of personal favorites. Friends who tried this one all initially said the same thing – the liquor taste is too strong. They all tasted it straight out of the container first without letting it soften, and as is the case with all boozy flavors, the alcohol comes through first when it’s still frozen solid. Once they let it soften a bit and had a full serving they agreed it mellowed out and they liked it a lot more. That said, the initial hit of bourbon in an untempered pint is a bit overwhelming.
McConnell's indicated that they have a lot of new flavor ideas with bourbon in it, and plan to keep just one bourbon ice cream in their flavor rotation. This pint is likely to be discontinued and replaced in the coming months, so I highly recommend grabbing this if you're able to locate it.
Where Elliot Found It: Straub's Market
Elliot's Grade: A