October 2012 - Liqueurs & Aperitifs

This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs & Aperitifs
Liqueurs & Aperitifs Reviews
199461
Ricacha
Horchata Cream Liqueur
Creamy ivory color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spicy bread and rice puddings with satiny sweet medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla frosted cinnamon raisin cake finish. Absolutely delicious.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199462
Des Ribauds
Orange Dragon Liqueur
Bright amber color. Aromas of orange marmalade and cake with a silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, warming orange sorbet and peppery spice finish. Great intensity, purity and balance. A fine after-dinner drink or cocktail component.
93 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199542
Vya
Extra Dry Vermouth
Pale golden straw color. Nicely meshed aromas and flavors of dried fruits and flowers, herbs, melon, and delicate Asian spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hint of salt and pepper on the lingering finish. Will be great in cocktails as a sipper.
92 points $20.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199812
Pierre Ferrand
Dry Curaçao
Pretty golden amber color. Layered aromas of of orange cake and taffy, vanilla custard, and delicate spice with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, warming candied orange peel, creme Anglaise and peppery spice finish. Delicious and elegantly balanced.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199403
Kübler
Absinthe Superieure
Brightly clear. Vibrant star anise, straw and delicate white chocolate aromas with a supple, moderately sweet medium-full body and a long, warming and black licorice and pepper finish. Tasted Louched: Milky louche, rounds out nicely with water with grassy hay notes accented. A very well made absinthe.
92 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198648
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Tambo Liqueur d'anise
Clear with a platinum cast. Aromas of delicate anise and custard with a silky, mildly sweet medium-to-full body and a warming pepper, candied lemon, mineral and licorice finish. Bold anise flavor for cocktails or serve as a digestif.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199544
Quady
Deviation Wine
Golden amber color. Potpourri like aromas of roses and lychees with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy apple sauce, violet candy, pink pepper, and nectarine jam finish. A very attractive and feminine aperitif or craft cocktail ingredient.
91 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199899
LB Distillers
Carmine Jewel Cherry Liqueur
Deep purple black color. Aromas of maraschino cherry, marzipan, and floral honey with a silky medium-to-full body and a tangy raspberry and mint accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199546
Belle Gabrielle
Chocolatier
Attractive aromas of chocolate, nutty praline, and mocha aromas and flavors with a creamy mild sweet medium-to-full body and a well meshed lace of brandy, dried fruit, and mocha latte flavors. A deliciously different cream liqueur.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200321
Ya
Mastiha Liqueur
Clear. Curiously resinous and vegetal aromas of sugar snap pea, turmeric, cut grass, white pepper and pine sap with a silky sweet light-to-medium body and a bark, cardamom and ginger accented finish. Marches to the beat of a different drummer, but will give a nice backwoods twist to cocktails.
90 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198651
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
St Alushka Herbal Liqueur
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of cardamom, anise, grapefruit rind, and herb patch with a soft, mildly sweet medium-to-full body and a resonant, warming cardamom, pepper, and sugared citrus finish. A vibrant cardamom herbal liqueur for sipping or mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198881
Clarke’s Court
Camerhogne Spice Liqueur
Deep amber color. Aromas of figs, dates, nuts, and caramel with a silky sweet medium body and a well meshed tropical fruit an spice finish. Very nice.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199568
Roundhouse
Corretto Coffee Liqueur
Copper brown color. Rich coffee and baker’s chocolate aromas with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, nicely balanced finish. Nice purity and restraint of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199594
A & A
Asbach & Auslese Liqueur
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nut and dried fruits and delicate peppery spice with a fruit sweet medium-to-full body and a rounded, buckwheat honeyed toast finish. Lovely flavor and balance. A fine aperitif.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198647
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
B.O.S.C. Liqueur
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Complex citrus custard aromas and flavors with a satiny fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming peppery spice and citrus cake, and mineral oil finish. A well made Cointreau-like liqueur that will mix well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199501
CelloVia
Blueberry Lavender Limoncello
Deep reddish bronze color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd, lavender and berry tart with a silky, very sweet medium-to-full body and a warming lemon-pepper jelly and floral talc accented finish.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199499
CelloVia
Meyer Limoncello
Electric yellow green color. Lemon sherbet aromas with a lightly syrupy fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a lingering Meyer lemon lozenge, pink pepper, and beeswax accented finish with some menthol-mint-like warmth. Interesting.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199629
Koval
Coffee Liqueur
Copper brown color. Nutty and lightly spiced coffee aromas and flavors with a silky fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a gentle coffee, spiced nut and cake finish. A pleasant coffee cordial. Try over ice cream.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199590
Jans
Premium Herbal Liqueur
Deep amber color. Aromas of delicate herbs, sarsaparilla, and praline with a soft, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a gentle, relaxed honey and herb finish. A delicate herbal liqueur for sipping.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199622
F.A.Q.
Lemon Liqueur
Interesting cloudy golden amber color. Aromas of fresh lemonade and baked pomello-lemon tart with a very tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a racy lemon lozenge and juice finish. Great acidity and punch, but really of a mildly alcoholic lemonade not an after-dinner liqueur. Try in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200337
Jaan
Paan Liqueur
Pale amber color. Exotic aromas of sandalwood incense, patchouli oil, lavender, tobacco leaf and dried lime with a silky, off-dry medium-to-full body and a very lingering, resonant floral bath oil like finish. Very assertive floral character; try in small doses in Asian-inspired cocktails.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199900
LB Distillers
Crème de Cassis Liqueur
Opaque amethyst color paints the glass. Rich cassis aromas have a faint roasted tomato edge with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, pure cassis and honey finish. Nice earthy complexity and purity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198649
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Vodka Caramel Liqueur
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts with a silky moderately sweet medium body and a maple, sugared date, pepper and faint dried cherry accented finish. A solid, confectionary liqueur for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199623
Aguardiente Cristal
Liquor
Clear. Mild anise aromas and flavors with a silky, dryish medium body and a warming pepper and mineral finish. A lightly flavored aguardiente.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199630
Koval
Caraway Liqueur
Hazy light golden color. Aromas fresh baked caraway rye bread are attractive with a silky off-dry light body and relaxed honeyed dried fruit accented finish. A fun cocktail ingredient.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198652
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Green Tea and Fig Liqueur
Mysterious tourmaline green color. Perfumed aromas of green tea, potpourri, and French milled bath soup with a supple, off-dry light-to-medium body and a complex herb, honey and bitter wormwood tea like finish. Sharp bitterness gives this an amaro like quality. Interesting; try with gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199626
Edward III
Modern Absinthe
Clear. Spicy fruit cake like aromas with only a touch of anise cookie with a soft, dryish light body and a bold wave of peppery heat, anise seed, hay, and chalk on the long finish. Tasted Louched: pearly louche with nut bread and medicinal herb notes accentuated.
87 points $42.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198650
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Sloe Gin Liqueur
Lightly hazy copper brown color. Earthy honeyed berries and melons, nougat and delicate Asian spice aromas with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and menthol-mint, pepper, sassafras and herbal bark accented finish. A complex,lightly medicinal liqueur that will make an exotic accent for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199545
Landucci
Limoncello di Sorrento Liqueur
Deep and bright opaque canary yellow color. Aromas of lemon chiffon with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, even, creamy lemon curd and cookie finish. Pleasant.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199500
CelloVia
Raspberry Limoncello
Pale ruby pink color. Aromas of raspberry phosphate and talc with a lightly syrupy and sweet medium-to-full body and a cherry-raspberry syrup finish with peppery warmth.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199494
Celtic
Honey Liqueur
Pure golden color. Aromas of buckwheat honey, dried flowers, and nougat with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a touch of delicate blended whisky notes on the honeyed nut finish. A light, feminine liqueur for sipping on the rocks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199875
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Moulin Rooz Absinthe
Emerald green color. Fennel, mint, and spicy bbq rub aromas with a supple dry full body and a complex potting soil, wormwood, fennel leaf, and nettle driven finish with lots of heat. Tasted Louched: Light hazy louche but water brings out menthol mint, charcoal, and spiced tropical fruit nuances. Engagingly different. Will make for unique cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199607
CioCioSan
Vermouth Bianco
Lustrous golden brass color. Spicy aromas of dried citrus and pear cider with a sweet fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy apricot and earth herbal snap on the finish. Well meshed fruit and herb flavors will give a nice pop to cocktails.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199901
LB Distillers
Sea Buckthorn Liqueur
Copper color. Aromas of waxy buckwheat honeycomb, soy, and roasted chestnuts with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a lightly tannic dried currant, mushroom, and pomegranate accented finish. Interesting earthy flavors for crafty cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199001
Aguardiente Cristal
Sin Azúcar Liquor
Clear. Mild anise and fennel leaf aroma with a very soft, dry light body and a slightly dilute mineral oil and pepper dust finish. Very dry and lacking substance--almost vodka like.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199933
Headframe Spirits
Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur
Aromas and flavors of powdered milk and salt water taffy with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish. OK, but needs more whisky character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199786
Stroh
Jagertee Liqueur
Deep copper with an orange glow. Aromas of orange tea, peppery spice, metal, Styrofoam, and caramelized nuts with a sweet medium-full body and a warming cola can and bubblegum finish. An off-the-beaten-path ingredient for daredevil cocktails.
83 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198600
Eastside Distilling
Holiday Spiced Liqueur
Dull hazy light brown color. Aromas of cinnamon baked apple with a soft, sweetish light-to-medium and a quick one note cinnamon stick finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199898
LB Distillers
Saskatoon Berry Liqueur
Ruby brown color. Mild aromas of dried berries, sesame candy, walnut oil with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cocoa and earth finish. Odd.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199615
Yahara Bay
Caffee Liqueur
Whisky barrel, nut, and mild instant coffee aromas and flavors with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a fleeting dilute finish. More of a watered down whisky coffee cocktail.
81 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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