This one is good. I've made honey liqueur like this, using brandy vs rye, and this tastes a lot like mead (honey wine). Brandy would also go nicely with the maple syrup. Warm the maple syrup ...
Wow. For so simple, this is really good. I'm betting aging will make it even better! I used Jack Daniel's because I'm broke :)
I just tried this recipe with amber rum instead of whiskey and then added 1 cup cream and wow!!!