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October 2012 - Liqueurs & Aperitifs

October 2012 - Liqueurs & Aperitifs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs & Aperitifs

Liqueurs & Aperitifs Reviews

Ricacha Horchata Cream Liqueur
95 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Des Ribauds Orange Dragon Liqueur
93 points
$24.95
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
Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
92 points
$20.99
Best Buy
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
Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
92 points
$29.99
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
Kübler Absinthe Superieure
92 points
$49.99
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Tambo Liqueur danise
92 points
$50
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.
Quady Deviation Wine
91 points
$27.99
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
LB Distillers Carmine Jewel Cherry Liqueur
91 points
$35
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.
Belle Gabrielle Chocolatier
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Ya Mastiha Liqueur
90 points
$32.99
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery St Alushka Herbal Liqueur
90 points
$50
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.
Clarke’s Court Camerhogne Spice Liqueur
89 points
$11
Best Buy
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
Roundhouse Corretto Coffee Liqueur
89 points
$24
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.
A & A Asbach & Auslese Liqueur
89 points
$29.99
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery B.O.S.C. Liqueur
89 points
$50
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.
CelloVia Blueberry Lavender Limoncello
88 points
$21.99
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
CelloVia Meyer Limoncello
88 points
$21.99
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
KOVAL Coffee Liqueur
88 points
$24
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.
Jans Premium Herbal Liqueur
88 points
$24.99
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
F.A.Q. Lemon Liqueur
88 points
$25
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.
Jaan Paan Liqueur
88 points
$29.95
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
LB Distillers Crème de Cassis Liqueur
88 points
$35
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.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Vodka Caramel Liqueur
88 points
$40
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.
Aguardiente Cristal Liquor
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
KOVAL Caraway Liqueur
87 points
$24
Hazy light golden color. Aromas of fresh baked caraway rye bread are attractive with a silky off-dry light body and a relaxed honeyed dried fruit accented finish. A fun cocktail ingredient.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Green Tea and Fig Liqueur
87 points
$40
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.
Edward III Modern Absinthe
87 points
$42.99
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Sloe Gin Liqueur
87 points
$45
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.
Landucci Limoncello di Sorrento Liqueur
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
CelloVia Raspberry Limoncello
86 points
$21.99
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Moulin Rooz Absinthe
86 points
$68
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.
CioCioSan Vermouth Bianco
85 points
$7.99
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
LB Distillers Sea Buckthorn Liqueur
85 points
$35
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.
Aguardiente Cristal Sin Azúcar Liquor
83 points
$10.99
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
Headframe Spirits Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur
83 points
$22
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.
Stroh Jagertee Liqueur
83 points
$32.99
Deep copper color 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
Eastside Distilling Holiday Spiced Liqueur
82 points
$16
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.
LB Distillers Saskatoon Berry Liqueur
82 points
$35
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.
Yahara Bay Caffee Liqueur
81 points
$19.95
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
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