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October 2013 - Liqueurs and Aperitifs

October 2013 - Liqueurs and Aperitifs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs and Aperitifs

Liqueurs and Aperitifs Reviews

Merlet Crème de Pêche de Vigne
97 points
$25
Alluring golden orange color with a salmon cast. Richly dimensional honeyed peaches and cream aromas with a glycerous sweet and fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, peach sorbet, spiced apple, passionfruit, orange blossom water, and mineral finish. Great vibrancy and texture.
Whidbey Island Distillery Loganberry Liqueur
94 points
$27
Garnet color. Exotic aromas of huckleberry jam, pickled watermelon, spiced sour cherry, and orange blossoms with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, honeyed dried cherry, praline, suede, and earth accented finish. A unique, flavorful berry liqueur that is well-made and delicious.
Merlet Crème de Framboise
93 points
$25
Garnet color. Dense aromas of baked and fresh picked raspberries, honeycomb, toasted cake, and grass with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, citrus, peppery spice, and mineral accented finish. Nice purity and balance of raspberry flavors.
The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
93 points
$30
rich golden amber color. Aromas of spicy poached peach, pumpkin pie, floral honey, and dried apricot with silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a baked apricot-apple torte and mineral accented finish. Very nice dimension to the apricot flavor; this will be very easy to mix with.
New Deal Distillery Ginger Liqueur
93 points
$33.95
Cloudy yellow gray color. Aromas of ginger lozenge, chamomile tea, and pepper jelly with a supple, mildly sweet medium body and a warming hot ginger, cinnamon, and umami accented finish with notes suggesting marinated mushroom and dried meat. Very bold and multidimensional; will be great in culinary cocktails.
93 points $33.95
Cayman Reef Kona Coffee Liqueur
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark chestnut brown black color. Aromas of fresh brewed artisan coffee, dried tropical fruits, (papaya, pineapple), honeysuckle, and peppery spices are interesting with a slightly syrupy, moderately sweet medium-full body and a long, layered finish with notes of banana, floral honey, and delicate peppery spices complimenting the coffee beautifully. Deliciously different and sure to please.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Sukkah Hill Besamim
92 points
$24.95
Pale amber color. Vibrant aromas and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove are reminiscent of fresh spicy eggnog with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and an gently warming frosted carrot cake and candied spiced nut finish. Elegant, natural and balanced spice flavor that is great on its own and in holiday cocktails.
92 points $24.95
Irish Mist Liqueur
92 points
$26.99
Copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and orange peels, brown spices, and orange blossom honey with a silky, sweet medium body and a warming, nutty, whisky barrel glow on the finish. A satisfying after dinner treat or cocktail choice.
92 points $26.99
broVo +S2 Spearmint Liqueur
92 points
$29.95
Pale silver straw green cast. Pure aromas of spearmint and custard cake with a silky, mildly sweet light body and a mouthwatering starfruit and mineral accented finish. Great purity, delicacy and finesse. Try in a hot toddy.
92 points $29.95
Bellini Limoncello
91 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Bright electric yellow green color. Aromas of lemon-lime sorbet and Alpine cough drop with a satiny, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, creamy candied lemon rind finish. Very tasty with a nice herbal accent.
91 points $18.99 Best Buy
Dolce Nero Espresso Liqueur
91 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Dark brown color. Rich roasted espresso, roasted nuts and dark chocolate aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a delicately peppery, tobacco, honeyed cherry and peach accented finish. Very well balanced and stylish coffee flavor for after dinner sipping or cocktails.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
broVo +RG2 Rose Geranium Liqueur
91 points
$29.95
Very pale platinum straw color. Delicate, layered aromas of rose water, suede, lychee, corsage and cashew with a soft, off-dry light body and a pillowy, sweet cream and rose petal accented finish. Very nuanced and well balanced floral character that will glisten in cocktails.
91 points $29.95
Josef Mäch Herbal LIqueur
90 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Copper brown color. Aromas of gingerbread, cola, and sassafras gelato with a supple, sweet medium body and a nice interplay of molasses cake, spices, and bitter herbs on the long, warming finish. A delicious, nicely balanced digestif.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Yeni Raki
90 points
$20.34
Best Buy
Clear. Interesting aromas of dried banana and cherry, anise, wormwood and straw with a satiny smooth, light body and an elegant mineral oil and nutshell finish. A soft, almost feminine raki, despite the proof.
90 points $20.34 Best Buy
Castello Mio Sambuca Espresso Superiore
90 points
$24.99
Dark chestnut brown color. Aromas of espresso candy, dried fruit, and faint licorice with a supple, dryish medium body and a nice dance of coffee and anise flavors on the lightly warming finish. Very nice.
90 points $24.99
broVo Amaro No. 4 - Patrick Haight
90 points
$34.95
Hazy copper color with a bottom pool of sediment. Aromas and flavors of menthol, eucalyptus, dried lemon, and exotic incense with a soft, off-dry medium body and a hint of honeyed kiwi and pear amidst waves of piney barky, earthy herbs and spices. Nice vibrancy and distinctive medicinal quality is interesting.
90 points $34.95
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Coconut Liqueur
90 points
$40
Nickel with a faint pink cast. Bold 3-D toasted coconut and coconut blossoms aromas and flavors with a soft, silky, fruity sweet medium body and a pure coconut water, toasted nut, pineapple, lilac, and cane sugar finish. Great purity and subtle balance of coconut flavor.
Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Khaki color. Aromas of butterscotch, mild dried fruits, nut brittle, turmeric, and peppery spices with a supple, moderately sweet medium body and a pleasant caramel cream and whisky accented finish. A pleasant Irish cream.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
American Fruits Bartlett Pear Liqueur
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Pleasant Bartlett pear, yogurt, and rain water in barrel aromas with a crisp, tangy medium body and a lively honeyed pear, fruit tannin, and citrus aspirin on the finish. Very bright acidity for a liqueur.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Coquella Liqueur
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Faint silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flakes on German chocolate cake with a lightly syrupy, fruit sweet medium-full body and a toasted coconut water, cream and nut brittle finish. Nice purity and texture for cocktails.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Cream lime green color. Convincing and dimensional aromas of fresh Key lime pie with a satiny, moderately sweet medium-full body and long, creamy, tangy lime curd, meringue, and graham cracker finish. Very tasty.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Antica Sambuca Black
89 points
$21.99
Charcoal gray indigo color is quite different. Aromas of black licorice and creme brulee with a silky, off-dry medium body and warming, anise, pepper, and mineral finish. Nice intensity and vibrancy.
89 points $21.99
Tekirdag Rakisi Gold Series Raki
89 points
$22.34
Clear with a nickel color. Aromas of anise seed, straw, dried citrus, and hazelnut with a supple, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, wormwood tea, pepper, and mineral accented finish. Lots of subtle complexity here.
89 points $22.34
Sukkah Hill Etrog Liqueur
89 points
$24.95
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon verbena, lime leaf, melon, and Meyer lemon candy with lightly syrupy, moderately sweet medium body and a pink pepper, honey, herb, and floral lemon blossom like snap on the prickly, warming finish. An exotic citrus liqueur with an interesting aquavit-like herb and spice dimension. Will be brilliant in cocktails.
89 points $24.95
Merlet Crème de Mûre Sauvage Wild Blackberry Liqueur
89 points
$25
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of blackberry jam, floral talc, plum jam, and dried wild berries with a soft, sweet medium-to-full body and an acacia honey, candied orange zest, dried violet, slate, and mossy earth accented finish. Nice rusticity.
Geijer Glögg 1889 Glögg Liqueur
89 points
$30
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas of mulling spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg) and cranberry-pomegranate sorbet with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a delicately pepper wave of cinnamon-lead brown spices, nuts, and minerals on the finish. A pleasant and even spiced liqueur.
broVo Amaro No. 1 - John Ueding
89 points
$34.95
Hazy amber color with bottom layer of sediment. Aromas of barky herbs and spices with supple, mildly sweet medium body and a gentle gentian, wormwood tea, cinnamon, cardamom, and honeycomb driven finish. A nicely nuanced and easy going amaro.
89 points $34.95
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Arak/Raki Pastis Spirit
89 points
$50
Clear. Lightly perfumed aromas of spiced peaches and cherries and herbs, exotic herbs, nut brittle, and grass with a silky soft, dryish light body and a wispy, hot, hay and moss finish.
McCormick’s Irish Cream Liqueur
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Creamy wet sand color. Aromas of nougat bar, caramel, and toasted meringue with a satiny, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a nicely even, toasted nut, sweet cream, and breath of whisky on the finish. Solid.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Antica Sambuca Classic
88 points
$21.99
Clear. Honeyed fennel and fig aromas with a silky, sweet medium body and a pure licorice and sugar finish. Very simple, but very effective in cocktails and quite tasty and balanced on its own.
88 points $21.99
Gioia Luisa Limoncello Liqueur
88 points
$24.99
Pale yellow green color. Aromas of baked lemon, sugar syrup, and a touch of rubber with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering lemon pith and chalk finish.
88 points $24.99
broVo +L2 Lavender Liqueur
88 points
$29.95
Clear with a nickel straw cast. Bold flower patch aromas of whole lavender, geranium, leather and menthol rub with a soft, off-dry light body and a lavender oil and herbs de Provence accented finish. A very unique and penetrating cocktail choice, use in small doses.
88 points $29.95
broVo +G2 Ginger Liqueur
88 points
$29.95
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Pure aromas and flavors of fresh ginger and wheatgrass with a silky, off-dry light-to-medium body and a relaxed honeycomb, green banana, menthol mint, and ginger water accented finish. Nice delicate ginger flavor without the heat.
88 points $29.95
Merlet Trois Citrus
88 points
$30
Clear. Bright mandarin orange gelatin, sweet cream, and pepper aromas with a glycerous fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, tingling, grapefruit and orange zest, and wet stone finish.
New Deal Distillery Coffee Liqueur
88 points
$33.95
Dark brown black color. Aromas of dark roasted coffee grounds, balsamic, and pepper dust with a supple, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, graceful dark roasted nut, honeycomb, and earth accented finish. A pleasant fireside sipper.
88 points $33.95
Kamm & Sons Ginseng Spirit
88 points
$35
Minutely hazy saffron copper color. Aromas and flavors of herbal tea, sliced ginseng, and peppercorn with a silky, mildly sweet medium-to-full body and an earthy tree bark, wormwood, and warming peppery ginseng and ginger root nuanced finish. Very pure and earthy.
FRUTTA Winespirit super berries
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Salmon steel color. Convincing aromas of crushed blueberries and cranberries with a silky fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a delicately floral acai, cocoa, and mixed berry sorbet finish. Tasty and balanced. Try with agave or Scotch cocktails
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
FRUTTA Winespirit passion
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale orange brass color. Floral peach and tropical citrus aromas and flavors are punch-like with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, passionfruit sorbet finish. Tasty.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Josef Mäch Cinnamon Herbal Liqueur
87 points
$18.99
Brown copper color with a golden saffron rim. Aromas of cinnamon bark and red hots, cola and root beer candy with a silky, sweet medium body and a warming, light molasses, caramel, spice, and herb medley on the finish. A nice choice for mixing or shots.
87 points $18.99
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream
87 points
$19.99
Creamy white taupe color. Bold aromas of almond gelato, maraschino cherry, herbs, brown spices, pepper, and pineapple with a creamy, sweet medium-to-full body and a sassafras, anise, vanilla cream, whisky barrel, and honey accented finish. Quite distinctively flavorful and whisky forward.
87 points $19.99
Tekirdag Rakisi Raki
87 points
$20.34
Clear with a platinum cast. Anise seed, ground nuts, and grassy herbs aromas and flavors with silky, off-dry light-to-medium body and warming, mineral and pepper finish.
87 points $20.34
American Fruits Black Currant Cordial
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cassis preserves and herbal pickled beets with a supple, tangy medium body and a tart, blackberry vinegar, menthol tobacco, and earth finish with dusty fruit tannins.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
FRUTTA Winespirit strawberry
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale pink nickel color with a gray cast. Aromas of strawberry jelly and watermelon ice with a silky light-to-medium body and a strawberry cream pie like finish. Attractive strawberry confection flavors.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Tolón Tolón Leche Merengada Cream
86 points
$17.99
Creamy bone white color. Aromas of nutmeg sprinkled egg nog with a satiny, moderately sweet medium body and a cinnamon candy, candied cherry, and maple buttercream frosting finish. A fun, spicy cream liqueur. Try with apple pie.
86 points $17.99
Caballero Liqueur
86 points
$19.99
Copper color. Aromas of burnt orange marmalade, cola, ginger candy, and floral honey with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a delicate spiced orange gelatin, pepper, and mineral finish.
86 points $19.99
Castello Mio Sambuca Superiore
86 points
$24.99
Clear. Mild red licorice, white pepper, and white chocolate aromas with a soft, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a creamy anise and nut oil finish. Different and subtle.
86 points $24.99
Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur
86 points
$24.99
Bright golden yellow color. Peppery aromas of orange marmalade and sweet cream with a glycerous, fruity sweet medium body and a a hot, warming pepper and chocolate orange peel finish. Definitely a mixer, where dilution will tame the heat.
86 points $24.99
Schoharie Mapple Jack Liqueur
86 points
$29.95
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple, pecan praline, and maple rice cereal with a soft, off-dry medium body and a buoyant, nutty, lightly peppery Irish whisky finish.
86 points $29.95
The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur
86 points
$30
Enchanting lapis blue indigo color with a turquoise rim. Dramatic violet flower and candy aromas with a silky smooth, off-dry light-to-medium body and gentle, nicely balanced finish with hints of pistachio oil, minerals, and whipped cream. Very nice purity and restraint.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Chocolate Liqueur
86 points
$40
Clear with a polished silver cast. Aromas of cocoa powder, toasted nuts, fig paste, pink pepper, and fruit lip balm with a soft, mildly sweet light body and a milk chocolate drizzled tropical fruit and pepper accented finish.
FRUTTA Winespirit orange
85 points
$14.99
Hazy deep orange amber color. Aroma of orange soda and geranium with a soft, sweet light body and an orange push up and raisin finish. Very candied orange flavor.
85 points $14.99
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Banana Liqueur
85 points
$40
Brilliant beryl green straw color. Aromas of banana taffy, bubblegum, and delicate spice with a silky, moderately sweet medium and a banana sorbet finish. Tasty.
Yeni Raki Ala
84 points
$24.26
Clear. Aromas suggest dried tropical fruits, custard, anise, mint, and hay with a soft, dryish light body and a very drying, hot dusty mineral and pepper finish.
84 points $24.26
Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
84 points
$24.99
Dense dark brown color paints the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate mousse, yogurt, and dark praline with a thick, very viscous, sweet full body and a gritty, cocoa powder, Demerara sugar, and overripe pear and pepper accented finish. Good purity of chocolate flavor, but too thick and gritty to enjoy on it’s own, best for cocktails.
84 points $24.99
Gioia Luisa Limoncello Crème Liqueur
84 points
$24.99
Creamy yellow white color. Aromas of lemon yogurt, cream and meringue with a soft, light-to-medium body and a buoyant lemon sorbet and vanilla ice cream accented finish. A nice lighter lemon cream choice.
84 points $24.99
The Green Villain Absinthe Supérieure
84 points
$45
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of anise seed and straw with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a long hot wormwood, fennel, singed herbs, and mossy earth finish. Does not louche and remains hot with water.
Tolón Tolón Chocolate Cream
83 points
$17.99
Dark charcoal gray brown color paints the glass. Aromas of baker’s chocolate, roasted whole nuts and earth with a satiny, moderately sweet medium body and a somewhat dull, chocolate, pepper, brown sugar, and mineral finish.
83 points $17.99
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Choc Hazelnut Liqueur
82 points
$40
Mahogany with a salmon cast. Aroma of salty, oily dark roasted hazelnuts with a oily, off-dry light-to-medium body and a nut oil and milk chocolate sorbet and mineral finish. Flavors are not integrated and do not balance.
Old Republic Distillery Love Potion Liqueur
81 points
$30
Dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry preserves with a soft, dryish light body and a fleeting blueberry and cherry pit finish with heavy fruit tannins. Needs more stuffing and sweetness; will disappear in a cocktail.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Musk Liqueur
81 points
$40
Pretty pale fuchsia silver color. Over-the-top floral bath soap and oil and bubblegum aromas (lilac and lavender) with a satiny off-dry medium body and a cologne-like perfume and vanilla baby oil finish. A bit much; hard to see an application.
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