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
Grüne Fee
Electric emerald color. Rich aromas of sweet mint, anise, spicy apple custard pie, and gingerbread with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, appealing, long straw, wormwood tea, mineral, and pepper finish. A rock solid, well balanced, and very drinkable absinthe with a nice core of fruit; louches nicely and evenly.
95 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Potato Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of lemon peppercorn muffin, microgreens, and delicate fresh herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon gelato, lemon mint, limestone, and faint anise. A smooth, stylish, subtly flavorful vodka.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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 wormwood, praline, milk and honey, and ginseng finish. A tasty, spunky absinthe with good balance and drinkability.
90 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Chocolate Liqueur
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 cocoa powder, hot chocolate, and roasted pecans finish. A very pure, tasty, and rather elegant chocolate liqueur.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
"160" Rum
Brilliant dark amber color. Hot, creamy confected aromas of caramel cream candies and vanilla maple fudge with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long spumoni ice cream, whipped cream, caramel nougat, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A fun bit of overproof confection that will make interesting cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
"80" Rum
Deep copper red color. Bold aromas of vanilla taffy, banana pudding, white pepper and rubber cement with a tongue numbing, moderately sweet medium-full body and a hot butterscotch pudding and mineral finish. Intense, butterscotch like overproof rum for mixing tiki drinks and punches. Calms down nicely with water.
85 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab