October 2015 - Liqueurs & Aperitifs

This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs & Aperitifs
Liqueurs & Aperitifs Reviews
212104
Jägermeister
Liqueur
Brown color. Lively, minty, medicinal aromas of salty roasted walnuts, anise, and molasses spice cookie with a glycerous, bright, sour medium body and a warming, complex, long gingerbread, mincemeat, sarsaparilla, and peppery spices finish. A delicious, dangerous drinkable and balanced herbal liqueur.
96 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211442
Balsam
American Amaro
Tasted Neat. Dark brown black color. Complex, spicy herbal aromas of anise, gingerbread, chocolate spice raisin cake, and pink peppercorn with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-full body and a warming, long bitter barks, wormwood tea, sarsaparilla, and grilled citrus peels finish. A bold, fantastically rich and balanced amaro with cascading waves of flavor. Tasted as Vermouth. Dark violet black color. Bright, spicy, fruity complex aromas of cherry rhubarb pie, rich baking spices, delicate herbs, and chocolate drizzled blood orange with an even, racy, sweet medium body and a tingling, long bitter barks, wormwood tea, toasty cedar, and cardamom finish. A sensationally vibrant and flavor packed vermouth with great balance, style and length; sure to be a hit on its own or in craft cocktails.
96 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211340
Sovrano
Limoncello Original Liqueur
Bright creamy cloudy straw color. Rich, citrusy aromas of lemon zest and lemon curd with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long honey, sugar cane, and minerals finish. A superbly pure and delicious limoncello.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212088
Punt e Mes
Vermouth
Dark brown color. Delicate, spicy aromas of baking spices, pepper, cola, and herbal honey with a satiny, crisp, cloying full body and a tingling, very long cocoa, citrus, prune, and mint finish. A rich and very bitter vermouth that will resonate in cocktails.
95 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212089
Carpano
Bianco Vermouth
Medium pale slivery straw color. Lively, citrusy, spicy aromas of spiced apples and pears and melon frosting with a soft, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long honey, medicinal barks and roots, and wormwood tea finish. A very traditional vermouth with ample spiciness and bitterness for classic cocktails.
95 points $20.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212087
Antica Formula
Vermouth
Bright bronze color. Bright, spicy aromas of lush orange spice cake, cedar, and sarsaparilla with a soft, crisp, cloying medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length bitter roots and barks finish. A rock solid traditional sweet vermouth.
95 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212122
La Crema
Especial Horchata Liqueur
Opaque creamy color. Attractive, toasty aromas of carrot cake and pumpkin pie and toasted coconut dream bar with a creamy, bright, moderately sweet medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long sweet creamy horchata and graham cracker crusted mince meat pie finish. A delicious, complex and layered cream liqueur.
94 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211753
Gran Gala
Liqueur
Brilliant dark amber color. Rich, fruity, citrusy aromas of baked orange, honeyed nut brittle, and brown spices with a supple, lively, off-dry medium-full body and a hot, interesting, long chocolate orange peel, pepper, and cane sugar syrup finish. A delicious and vibrant orange brandy liqueur that will be great in cocktails or after dinner.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211675
La Quintinye
Vermouth Royal Rouge
Bright mahogany color. Lively, attractive, complex aromas of caramelized fruits, melted chocolate smores, spice tea, and jasmine and lavender with a soft, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long delicate grassy herbs, bark, and honeyed cherries finish. A vibrant sweet vermouth with a lot of character and interesting chocolate notes.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210560
SomruS
Original Indian Cream Liqueur
Creamy clear color. Rich, complex aromas of cardamom and lemon yogurt with an oily, bright, sweet medium body and a seamless, layered, medium-long rose water pastry, sweet cream, and Indian spice cake finish. A vibrant and rather unique Indian spiced cream liqueur.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212086
Borghetti
Sambuca Liqueur
Clear silver color. Bright, sweet, spicy aromas of coated licorice candy and gingerbread muffin with a silky, vibrant, sour medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish. finish. A rich, thick and pure licorice treat.
94 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210362
Santa Maria
Vignale Amaro
Dark bronze color. Bright, complex aromas of sassafras, smoked pink pepper, sandalwood incense, and pomegranate molasses with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long menthol mint, herbal honey, and gentian finish. A very flavorful and well balanced amaro.
94 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212060
Sheelin
White Chocolate Liqueur
Opaque clear color. Bold, attractive, creamy toasty aromas of white chocolate smore and dulce de leche gelato with a creamy, soft, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, long sweet cream and frosted cake finish. A delicious and layered white chocolate cream liqueur.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211754
RYAN’S
Irish Style Cream Liqueur
Creamy gold color. Delicate, creamy aromas of nut brittle and cream with a silky, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, compelling, medium-length hazelnut latte, caramelized dried fruit, and delicate spice finish. A rich and complex cream liqueur.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212097
Arrogante
Damiana Liqueur
Pale slivery straw color. Bright, exotic, spicy herbal aromas of peppered lime an prickly pear, grassy herbs, grilled pepper, and figs with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long coriander, grains of paradise, ginseng cola, and mint-lilac syrup finish. An elegant and stimulating herbal tequila based liqueur that will be great on it’s own or in a wit beertail.
93 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210177
Averna
Amaro Siciliano
Opaque brown color. Lively, spicy, fruity aromas of spicy zucchini bread, chocolate fruits and nuts, and root beer float with a velvety, crisp, sour medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, breezy mint cream, alpine herbs, menthol, and pepper finish. A seamless and toothsome mint inflected bitter liqueur.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210178
Cinzano
1757 Vermouth
Dark mahogany color. Delicate, spicy aromas of rich brown spices, barks and herbs, exotic peppercorns, and honey with a soft, vibrant, cloying medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long earthy roots and tea leaves finish. A richly flavorful sweet vermouth with great drinkability.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210179
Cynar
Liqueur
Dark mahogany color. Rich, earthy, spicy medicinal aromas of tree barks, wild berries on the bush, aloe, and mint leaves with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long wormwood finish. A powerful, well balanced, and interesting bitter liqueur.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209853
Spirit Hound Distillers
Richardo's De-Caff Coffee Liqueur
Opaque dark brown color. Rich, attractive aromas of roasted coffee and dark chocolate cookie with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long caramelized nuts, dark toast, and mocha cream finish. A clean, flavorful, well made coffee liqueur with a balanced roastiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210361
Sibona
Amaro
Dark copper brown color. Lively, herbal, spicy aromas of molasses spice cake, cola, earthy barks and roots, and grapefruit peel with a velvety, lively, sour medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long peppermint, honey, and chocolate orange peel finish. A delicious, easy drinking herbal mint digestif or cocktail ingredient that would be a great introduction to the category.
93 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211752
Herbsaint
Liqueur
Yellow color. Rich, spicy aromas of anise, turmeric tea, and curry powder with a silky, lively, sour medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long fennel finish. A pure and power anise liqueur.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211341
Sovrano
Limoncello Cream
Clear color. Rich, creamy, citrusy aromas of lemon meringue pie and whipping cream with a creamy, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long white chocolate and nougat finish. A sensationally delicious and pure lemon cream liqueur for after-dinner enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211342
Sovrano
Orangello Liqueur
Brilliant hazy light gold color. Bright, citrusy aromas of orange and tangerine zest and honey with a glycerous, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long simple syrup, minerals, and pepper finish. A vivacious and mouthwatering orange liqueur that will be great on it’s own or in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213042
broVo
Boomerang Liqueur
Dull golden amber color. Bright aromas of mashed raisins and dried cherries, licorice, peppery spices, and cashew with a silky, vibrant, sour medium body and a sleek, complex, long date, fig, dried apple, and brown spices finish. An intriguing and layered dried fruit liqueur with a panoply of cocktail applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212907
Kirkland Signature
Egg Nog Liqueur
Creamy bone color. Bright, spicy aromas of holiday egg nog with lots of nutmeg with a silky, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-length fruitcake finish. A very pure, fun, and attractive egg nog liqueur.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212407
Vya
Extra Dry Vermouth
Slivery straw color. Bright, herbal, earthy aromas of pressed flowers, sweet citrus, and herb muffin with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long fleur de sel, root vegetables, and bark finish. A very appetizing and savory vermouth that will shine in dry cocktails.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211944
Death’s Door
Wondermint Schnapps Liqueur
Clear color. Rich, minty, attractive aromas of peppermint ice cream and chocolate mint cookie with a satiny, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, compelling, long maraschino cherry and white toffee finish. A smooth and delicious minty treat with nice layers of flavor.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212077
Herencia de Plata
Coffee Tequila Liqueur
Opaque brown black color. Bright, attractive, roasted fruity aromas of roasted coffee, baked prickly pear, coconut, and chocolate with a glycerous, vibrant, petillant, moderately sweet medium-full body and an involved, long roasted pineapple, dates, honeyed nuts, and herbs finish. A delicious tequila based coffee liqueur with great texture and flavor.
92 points $29.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211756
Rhum Clément
Creole Shrubb Liqueur
Light gold color. Bold, citrusy aromas of orange chutney and peppery spices with a silky, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long praline and herbs and spices finish. A superb orange liqueur with great vibrancy and texture for cocktails.
92 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212084
Brancamenta
Amaro
Dark mahogany brown color. Attractive, minty aromas of peppermint patty and delicate spices and herbs with an vibrant, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long cooling mint leaf and oil, toffee, and bitter roots and bark finish. A very tasty and easy drinking herbal mint liqueur.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211515
Merlet
C2 Citrus & Cognac Liqueur
Gold color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of baked orange, caramelized pecans, and dried fruits with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long vanilla, honey, and delicate brown spices finish. A delicious and nicely warming orange brand liqueur.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212059
Kavanagh
Irish Cream Liqueur
Creamy slivery straw color. Bright, creamy, nutty aromas of nougat, butter pecan cream, and delicate spice with a silky, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long whipped cream in hot cocoa, mocha java, and granola finish. A delicious and inviting cream liqueurs with a nice whisky base.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212126
Bols
Parfait Amour Liqueur
Dark violet color. Rich, floral aromas of roses, violets, honeyed citrus, and fruit punch with a soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long potpourri finish. A vibrant, well-made, and nicely balanced floral liqueur.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212065
Forty Creek
Cream Liqueur
Creamy gold beige color. Bright, creamy aromas of mocha latte, nougat, and vanilla nut fudge with a chewy, soft, sweet medium-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long whipped cream, delicate salted nuts, and maple sugar finish. A very tasty and delicate mocha cream liqueur.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212411
Reviseur
Pineau des Charentes
Bright brilliant gold color. Delicate, floral, fruity jammy aromas of caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and delicate spice with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length toasted almonds, peach, golden raisins, and honey finish. A delicious, juicy, and refreshing aperitif.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211514
Merlet
C2 Cassis & Cognac Liqueur
Dark violet black color. Fruity aromas of mixed berries, praline, cocoa, and leather and rubber with a supple, crisp, sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long polished wood, dried citrus, chestnuts, and pepper finish. A solid berry liqueur for cocktails.
91 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213043
broVo
Lucky Falernum
Light gold color. Complex, spicy aromas of exotic carrot and rum cakes, crusty apple and fruit pies, nut brittle, and copper and suede with a glycerous, vibrant, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long gingerbread, honeyed citrus, and baking spices finish. A fantastically flavorful and balanced spice liqueur that will be great in rum cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211764
Mary Hite Bowman
Caramel Cream Liqueur
Creamy tan color. Mild, creamy, nutty aromas of black walnut gelato, pecan pie a la mode, and brandied cherries cake with a velvety, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, appealing, medium-long toasty praline finish. A fun, nutty cream liqueur that stands out from the rest.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212408
Vya
Whisper Dry Vermouth
Brilliant bright slivery straw color. Medicinal, floral citrusy aromas of medicinal bark, rubber sap, spiced melon, and herbs with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long salted white nuts, sassafras, and dried citrus finish. A complex and layered savory white vermouth that will be very versatile.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210180
X-Rated
Fusion Liqueur
Pale neon cloudy pink color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of guava and passion fruit candy with a lightly tannic, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length tropical fruit punch, citrus powder, and chalk finish. A pleasant tropical punch liqueur.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212081
Stawski
Cherry Cordial Liqueur
Dark maroon color. Lively, fruity aromas of dried cherries, honey, and praline with an even, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long cherry berry compote finish. A pure and delicious cherry liqueur that will mix well and be quite versatile.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210296
Coloma
Licor de Cafe Gran Reserva
Dark brown color. Lively, attractive, inviting aromas of fresh roasted coffee, toasty nut brittle, and dark chocolate with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-length charred nuts and dark toast finish. A rock solid coffee liqueur.
89 points $19.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211763
Barton
Chocolate Bourbon Ball Cream Liqueur
Creamy pale color. Lively, nutty aromas of roasted pecan pie, butterscotch, and dark toast with a chewy, soft, sweet medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length black walnuts, sweet cream, and fruity caramel finish. A very tasty, nutty cream liqueur.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211762
Buffalo Trace
Bourbon Cream Liqueur
Creamy pale color. Delicate, dank aromas of spiced nuts, praline, and horchata with a chewy, soft, sweet medium-full body and a seamless, complex, long sweet cream, fruity caramel, latte, and nuts finish. A delicious and nicely flavorful cream liqueur that is sure to please.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211798
Gozio
Amaretto
Medium amber color. Lively, fruity aromas of maraschino cherry and almond paste with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long frosted almond cookie, honeycomb, and spiced melon finish. A nice and even amaretto that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210394
Breckenridge
Bitters
Clear yellow straw color. Bright, herbal, spicy aromas of alpine herbal mint lozenge, pink peppercorn, and spicy lemon custard with a satiny, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long barks and roots, honey, dried fruits, and echinacea finish. A rock solid bitter liqueur that will play nicely in cocktails, like a "white amaro".
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212062
Cote Jolie
Elderflower Liqueur
Bright slivery straw color. Rich, floral, fruity aromas of peony, tropical fruit punch candies, and hibiscus with a velvety, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length orange blossom water, violet candy, and apple cider finish. A very vibrant and fruit floral liqueur that will compliment clever cocktails in small doses.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212167
Kleiner Feigling
Fig Liqueur
Clear silver color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of green apple candy and fig paste with an even, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length bubblegum and honey finish. A nice sweet green apple flavored liqueur.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212090
Carpano
Dry Vermouth
Clear pale slivery straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of cracked pepper, spiced melon and limes, honeycomb, and toasty cedar with an oily, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy herbs, sassafras, nectarine, and straw finish. A delicate, easy drinking aperitif.
88 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211676
La Quintinye
Vermouth Royal Blanc
Bright slivery straw color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of peach-pear relish, delicate spices, dried lavender, and menthol mint with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long kiwi, melon, green apple skin, and bark finish. A clean and zesty white vermouth.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212168
Helbing
Kuemmel Herb Liqueur
Bright clear silver color. Bright, inviting aromas of pumpernickel rye, sauerkraut, and dill with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length honeyed toast, fig, nut oil, and delicate spices finish. A fun, sweet and savory herb liqueur with lots of culinary applications.
88 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212117
Indio
Hopka
Clear color. Bold, piney aromas of pine sap and bark, paint and thinner, citrus pith, and oregano with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length honeyed orange, hop leaf, and white pepper finish. A fun, hoppy ingredient for cocktails.
88 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212664
Vermont Spirits
No. 14 Cassis Liqueur
Dark garnet violet color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of berry compote, buttery praline, and peppery spices with a satiny, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long craisin, chocolate, and berry bush finish. A nice cranberry liqueur for cocktails.
88 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211900
Black Button Distilling
Bespoke Bourbon Cream
Creamy light color. Delicate, creamy, nutty aromas of walnut custard tart and mocha latte with a silky, sweet full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long whipping cream, fruity caramel, milk chocolate, and sour cream frosting finish. A very tasty and well balanced, and elegant cream liqueur.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212083
Fernet-Branca
Amaro
Dark mahogany brown color. Rich, minty, woody aromas of dried fruits and herbs, cocoa powder, and woody barks with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long menthol, gentian, and oak and bark finish. A bold and broadly bitter amaro for bitterness fans.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211892
1921
Crema de Tequila
Creamy dark clear color. Toasty aromas of spicy roasted nuts with a silky, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length cream, dried fruits, and cola float finish. A solid cream liqueur with a tequila base.
88 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211516
Merlet
C2 Coffee & Cognac Liqueur
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Bold, nutty, roasted rustic smoky aromas of dark chocolate, dark nut toast, coffee grounds, and pickled melon with a satiny, crisp, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length burnt nuts, rubber balloon, brown sugar, and espresso finish.
88 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212080
Stawski
Gorzka Herb Liqueur
Gold color. Citrusy, clean woody aromas of honeyed dried fruits, grassy herbs and dried spices, and root beer float with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long smoked peppercorns, roots, pepper, and cherry pit finish. A alluring herbal liqueur with a warming, peppery finish.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212078
Reserva del Señor
Almond Tequila Liqueur
Copper color. Buttery, citrusy confected nutty aromas of almond frosting on caramel cake with a velvety, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long almond brittle, maraschino, and roasted coffee beans finish. A solid, candied almond flavor for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212174
Spiritopia
Ginger Liqueur
Hazy gold color. Bright, herbal, inviting aromas of ginger flan and ginseng gum with a satiny, racy, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long raw ginger, pepper, and horchata finish. Solid, peppery ginger flavor for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212061
D’Albicocco
Amaretto Liqueur
Bright brilliant golden amber color. Sweet, nutty aromas of marzipan and frosted almond cookie with an moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy honey and fondant finish. A sweet, dainty almond liqueur.
86 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212123
DELANEY’S
Irish Cream Liqueur
Creamy beige color. Delicate, creamy, confected aromas of cream, nuts, dried fruit, and pepper with an oily, soft, sweet medium body and a tingling, swift chocolate milk, white toffee, and whipping cream finish. A nice cream forward Irish cream.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212079
Stawski
Krupnik Honey Liqueur
Light gold color. Bright, exotic, meaty aromas of waxy wild honeycomb, marinated pork and cabbage, dried fruits, and peppery vapor with a silky, lively, sour medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long rich peppery spices, herbs, nuts, and birch bark finish. A intricately layered sweet, savory and peppery liqueur that will be fun to mix with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210429
Meukow
Vanilla Cognac Liqueur
Pale light gold color. Delicate, spicy aromas of vanilla custard, spiced pears, and pepper with a satiny, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, rapid nuts and earth finish. A mellow vanilla spirit for mixing.
85 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212231
Bertina
Blueberry Liqueur
Dark garnet black color. Mild, funky aromas of dark mulberries, chestnut honey, and pencil shavings with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and a tingling, brisk cracked pepper and chalk finish. A pleasant berry liqueur.
85 points $24.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212118
Indio
Barrel Room Curacao
Slivery straw color. Bright, citrusy, clean aromas of orange chiffon and flan with a glycerous, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length orange zest, minerals, and pepper finish. A solid, potent curaçao like liqueur that will add punch to any cocktail.
85 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212665
Vermont Spirits
No. 14 Cranberry Liqueur
Light neon red color. Faint, grassy, fruity clean earthy aromas of wax, canned berries, straw mat, and old pop tart with a lean, shy, fruity thin body and a graceful, breezy honey candy, berry powder, and chalk finish.
85 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212136
FYR
Liqueur
Dark amber brown color. Rich, peppery aromas of honey roasted hot peppers and nuts, cinnamon spice date cake, spice custard, and kelp with a supple, vibrant, sour medium-to-full body and a peppery, very long cinnamon yogurt and herbal tea finish. A curious spicy, peppery libation for adventuresome cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211219
Spirit Hound Distillers
Colorado Sambuca
Medium brown color. Lively, curious aromas of singed fudge cake, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate yogurt with a silky, vibrant, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long black licorice and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210078
Maloney’s
Irish Country Cream
Creamy color. Bright, creamy aromas of nougat, white chocolate, and caramel yogurt with an oily, soft, sweet medium-full body and a graceful, amusing, medium-long mocha milkshake and whipped cream finish. A simple and easy cream liqueur.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210297
Coloma
Crema de Whisky
Creamy copper color. Delicate, creamy aromas of fruity caramel candies and butterscotch with a soft, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long flan, thick whipped cream, and pancake syrup finish. A thick, super creamy liqueur.
84 points $9.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212121
DOS SANTOS
Mexican Coffee Liqueur
Dark brown color. Rich, roasted aromas of coffee, chocolate yogurt, and char-roasted nuts with a bright, very sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length honeyed toasted fruitcake and delicate pepper finish. A nice candied coffee liqueur for mixing.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212120
Kahana Royale
Macadamia Nut Liqueur
Pale light gold color. Lively, nutty aromas of marzipan, roasted almonds, peppery spice, and ink with an oily, bright, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length dried citrus, honeyed macaroon, and macadamia brittle finish. Rock solid nut flavor for sipping or mixing.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212085
Borghetti
Espresso Coffee Liqueur
Dark opaque brown black color. Bright, roasted, smoky aromas of dark roasted espresso beans, cocoa, and cigar ash with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, engaging, cheery burnt nuts finish. A bold, smoky espresso liqueur that will pop in cocktails.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211757
Rhum Clément
Mahina Coco Liqueur
Clear color. Lively, floral, citrusy fruity aromas of coconut oil and flakes, powdered milk, chalk eraser, and rice flour with a creamy, crisp, very sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length cane sugar syrup, river water, and gravel finish. A very sweet and sugary coconut liqueur for cocktails.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212119
Cafe Bravo
Mexican Coffee Liqueur
Brown color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas of toasted meringue, coffee yogurt, and brown grass with a supple, soft, sour medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate caramel bar, parchment, and bark finish.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212125
Bols
Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
Neon amber color. Bright, buttery, nutty aromas of hazelnut and cashew butters, delicate spice, and pie crust with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length sweet potato pie and caramelized nuts finish. An interesting nut pie flavored liqueur with an outrageous orange color.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211751
Praline
Pecan Liqueur
Dark amber mahogany color. Lively, unusual, meaty aromas of soy sauce, beef teriyaki, and mocha with an soft, sour medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length roasted mixed nuts, honey cream, and maple sugar finish.
83 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211677
La Quintinye
Vermouth Royal Extra Dry
Gold color. Piney, herbal aromas of thyme and rosemary, spiced fruits, and dried lemon and lavender with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick nutskin, balsa, fruit peels and pith, and bark and roots finish. Will add a nice herbal pop to cocktails.
83 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211831
ABK6
Honey Cognac Liqueur
Golden amber color. Bright, interesting aromas of saddle soaped leather, cherry gum, roasted nuts, and floral polished wood with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, breezy winter mint, exotic honey, mossy earth, and pepper finish. A very distinctive and somewhat rustic brandy liqueur.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210430
Meukow
Coffee Cognac Liqueur
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Lively, roasted, medicinal aromas of green coffee beans, alpine mint, rubber band, and paprika with a glycerous, bright, sour medium body and a graceful, easy peppered pear and cucumber and chocolate finish. Interesting mocha-herb flavor for mixing.
82 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210181
X-Rated
Tropix
Brilliant hazy golden yellow color. Mild, fruity aromas of coconut oil, pineapple yogurt, and vanilla candle with a lightly tannic, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick pineapple husk, straw, and nut oil finish.
82 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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