About Austrian Spirits

About Austrian Spirits
There is a nice variety of spirits produced in Austria; some pleasing to a wide group of consumers (such as chocolate liqueurs), others, such as bitters, are more of a specialty product.

Vodkas, gins and rums are of very good to excellent quality, while liqueurs are varied in style and quality. Absinthe is also produced and compares well with the best examples from France.

Top Picks for Austria

Bailoni Wachauer Gold-Apricot Liqueur
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of apricot nectar, dried peach, and cherry stone with a syrupy, cloying full body and a long ripe peach, sundried tomato, and honey-thyme finish. A concentrated, vibrant apricot liqueur that will add intense flavor to craft cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Fruit Liqueur
91 points $39.95
Mephisto Absinthe
90 points
Brilliant chartreuse color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, mint tea, tonka bean, and pepper and dill with a lightly tannic, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a hot, complex, long finish that exhibits accents of wormwood, praline, milk and honey, and ginseng finish. A tasty, spunky absinthe with good balance and drinkability.
90 points $31.99
Mozart Chocolate Liqueur
88 points
Best Buy
Opaque dark brown color. Creamy, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate marshmallow cookie, fruitcake a la mode, and toffee with a thick, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish conveying overtones of cocoa powder, hot chocolate, and roasted pecans finish. A very pure, tasty, and rather elegant chocolate liqueur.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bailoni Original Gold Apricot Brandy
87 points
Clear color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of plums and apricots, toasty fig bars, magnolia, and cherry blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish. A cheerful apricot brandy with delicate florals that’s like sipping a bouquet of cherry blossoms.
87 points $49.95