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October 2018 - Fall & Winter Liqueurs

October 2018 - Fall & Winter Liqueurs
This month's spirits feature is Fall & Winter Liqueurs

Fall & Winter Liqueurs Reviews

Hoodoo Papa Legba Reserve Chicory Liqueur
96 points
$35
Dark reddish mahogany color. Complex, roasted aromas of blackened walnut, charred chicory, mace, dried rose and geranium, ginseng, and fine espresso with a round, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, epic, long salted milk chocolate, marinated pimentos, black pepper, olive, caramel buttercream, toasted coconut pastry, and orris root finish. An endlessly complex, very distinctive liqueur that will up your cocktail game; a must-try.
Awards: 2018 Best Herb/Spice Liqueur
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Appalachian Sippin Cream Butter Pecan Liqueur
95 points
$25
Opaque cream color. Inviting aromas and flavors of snickerdoodle cookie, fresh baked cinnamon-sugar pretzel, condensed milk, and buttery caramel popcorn with a creamy, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long all butter sugar cookies and almond windmill cookies finish. Enticing fresh-baked aromas and craveable cookie-like flavors will make this liqueur a smash hit at holiday festivities.
Awards: 2018 Best Cream Liqueur
Vapor Distillery Arrosta Coffee Liqueur
94 points
$25
Hazy copper color. Sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of creme brulee crust, coffee and root beer candy, raisin French toast with fig jam, and toasted hazelnut with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy cappuccino gelato, caramelized fruits, and shaved chocolate finish. A rock solid coffee liqueur that deserves another sip; vibrant and chocolatey.
Awards: 2018 Best Coffee Liqueur
Fratelli Vergnano Cioco Artichoke Liqueur
94 points
$31.95
Mahogany color. Exotic aromas of juicy tangerine, saffron, orris root, ginger, cola, stewed plums,cinnamon, and lemon balm with a velvety, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a warming, involved, medium-long milk chocolate covered nuts, espresso, and chicory finish. A floral-spiked bitter liqueur that will fit in a wide variety of cocktails; expert balance makes this a nice choice to sip neat after dinner.
Awards: 2018 Best Bitter Liqueur
94 points $31.95
Wild Turkey American Honey Sting Flavored Whiskey Liqueur
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Pale golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spearmint creme, cinnamon candies, jasmine, violet petals in syrup, coriander, and sweet vanilla caramel with a round, crisp, sweet light body and a peppery, intricate, long cardamom, eucalyptus, spicy cinnamon, and crystalized ginger finish. Bold, nuanced, distinctively spicy; this is the whiskey liqueur you should be shooting.
Awards: 2018 Best Whisky Liqueur
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Somrus Alphonso Mango Cream Liqueur
93 points
$24.99
Creamy orange color. Candied aromas of mandarin segments in syrup, tangerine cake, and mango sherbet with a creamy, soft, sweet medium body and a tingling, swift mango lassi, powdered sugar, candied lemon peel, and coconut milk finish. A delicious liqueur that offers distinctive mango notes.
93 points $24.99
Absinthia Organic Absinthe Superieure
93 points
$38
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of aniseed, sandalwood, coriander, lemon peel, wormwood, and black licorice with an oily, lively, sweet medium body and a long black pepper, orris root, and spearmint finish. A balanced, Swiss-style absinthe complete with complexities and a true wormwood note.
Awards: 2018 Best Absinthe
Sovrano Limoncello Cream Liqueur
93 points
$48
Light gold color. Aromas of lemon curd, vanilla kefir, goat’s milk, and lemon oil with a creamy, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, relaxed sweet cream and lemon drop candies finish. A creamy, lemony treat that begs another sip.
Feeney’s Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
92 points
$22
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas of tootsie roll, toffee, milk and honey, and toast with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length caramel chew, hazelnut latte, waffle cones, Irish whiskey, and fresh cream finish. A rich Irish cream that is effortlessly drinkable.
92 points $22 Best Buy
Colina Colada Ron Con Horchata Liqueur
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Creamy opaque cream color. Aromas of flaky pie crusts, vanilla candle, condensed milk, horchata, and almond milk with a creamy, bright, sweet full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long cafe au lait, yogurt covered nuts, and Christmas cookies finish. An effortlessly drinkable, totally tasty horchata liqueur with craveable creamy character.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Appalachian Sippin Cream Pumpkin Spice Latte Liqueur
92 points
$25
Creamy opaque reddish mahogany color. Baked aromas of sweet tea, clove, pumpkin latte, candied pecan, buttered popcorn, and sticky buns with a creamy, lively, sweet medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long chai tea, praline, and butterscotch pudding finish. An absurdly delicious cream liqueur that’s impossible not to love.
Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur
92 points
$40
Pale golden straw color. Floral, spicy aromas and flavors of elderflower, violet and jasmine water, currant bubblegum, candied lemon, lavender and bergamot, and white frosted cake with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, intricate, very long juniper jelly on raisin toast, floral talc, and exotic fruit punch finish. A inviting candied floral liqueur packed with confected tropical goodness.
Sovrano Limoncello Original Liqueur
92 points
$48
Creamy opaque golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas of lemon drop candies and lime pop with a creamy, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length egg custard tart, lemon bar, powdered sugar, and meyer lemon pudding finish. A rich and creamy lemony treat that rewards the drinker with bright citrus notes and custard; a great after-dinner treat.
Awards: 2018 Best Limoncello Liqueur
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Appalachian Sippin Cream Dark Chocolate Coffee Liqueur
91 points
$25
Creamy opaque milk chocolate color. Creamy aromas and flavors of Toblerone bar, praline, butter pecan ice cream in a waffle cone, and chocolate fudge with a round, bright, sweet medium-full body and a polished, long hint of espresso and opera cake finish. A completely craveable chocolatey liqueur that will lead you to a second pour; decadently delicious.
Select Aperitivo Liqueur
91 points
$29.99
Neon red color. Complex aromas of bitter orange, cinnamon, gentian, baked peach, ginger powder, ginseng tincture, coriander, and cardamom with a satiny, bright, bittersweet medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long black licorice, strawberry tisane, grapefruit pith, and vanilla finish. A very attractive bitter liqueur with loads of complex spices that will make excellent spritzes and aperitivo cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Aperitivo
91 points $29.99
Bailoni Wachauer Gold-Apricot Liqueur
91 points
$39.95
Golden amber color. Aromas of apricot nectar, dried peach, and cherry stone with a syrupy, cloying full body and a long ripe peach, sundried tomato, and honey-thyme finish. A concentrated, vibrant apricot liqueur that will add intense flavor to craft cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Fruit Liqueur
91 points $39.95
Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
90 points
Opaque creamy milk chocolate color. Creamy aromas of coffee creamer packet, chocolate marshmallow, and sugar daddy candy with a creamy, bright, very sweet medium-full body and a seamless, medium-length cow tail candy, dairy creme, vanilla taffy, and chocolate silk pie filling finish. A chocolatey, creamy treat that won’t let you down.
Wild Turkey American Honey Flavored Whiskey Liqueur
90 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Fruity, exotic aromas of tutti fruitti, honey, perfume, basil, lemongrass, and jasmine tea with an oily, bright, very sweet light body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length Ricola lozenge, cinnamon, orange blossom water, and menthol finish. A slightly herbal liqueur with distinctive bourbon character; will play nicely in tea-based cocktails and winter warmers.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Pallini Peachcello Liqueur
90 points
$26.99
Amber color. Candied aromas and flavors of apple candies, pineapple syrup, dried apricot, juicy pear, fruit stripes gum, sweet ginger, and spearmint with a glycerous, crisp, very sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length bitter orange and peach gummies finish. A slightly tropical, peachy liqueur to add fun fruity flavors to cocktails.
90 points $26.99
Pallini Raspicello Liqueur
90 points
$26.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe sour cherries, strawberry jam, and rhubarb compote with a syrupy, bright, sweet full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long sweet cherry flesh and skins, ripe blackberry, mulberry, and artisan raspberry jam finish. An all-natural liqueur with vivid berry notes and a sophisticated slightly vinous note.
90 points $26.99
Molinari Caffè Liqueur
89 points
$29.99
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of anise, fennel seed, morning coffee, and butterscotch with an crisp, medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish. A very drinkable herbal coffee liqueur that will be a nice touch for spiking coffee or a distinctive after-dinner liqueur.
89 points $29.99
Amaro Black Note Amaro Liqueur
89 points
$32.95
Mahogany color. Herbal, spicy aromas of cardamom, bitter orange, chicory coffee, prune, fennel fronds, and root beer with a syrupy, sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length dark chocolate, orris root, sweet rose syrup, aloe vera, and peppermint finish. A smooth and satisfying amaro with balancing floral notes and cocktail-friendly complexity.
89 points $32.95
Priqly Wild Prickly Pear Liqueur
89 points
$32.99
Bright emerald straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of sliced pears, liquid filled strawberry hard candies, beeswax, tropical fruit cocktail with ripe bananas, turkish delight with walnuts, and chamomile tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish. A natural liqueur with endless cocktail possibilities; toes the line between tropical and orchard fruits; may appeal to heritage-variety cider lovers.
89 points $32.99
Galliano LAperitivo Liqueur
88 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Light red color. Herbal aromas and flavors of gentian, bitter orange, grapefruit zest, cinnamon, watermelon rind, dandelion, and lemon lime soda with a glycerous, soft, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, buoyant raspberry leaf finish. A solid bitter liqueur to open up the palate in pre-dinner cocktails.
88 points $17.99 Best Buy
Herencia de Plata Coffee Tequila Liqueur
88 points
$22
Mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate frosting, coffee beans, and German chocolate cake with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium-full body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length hot fudge and espresso-flavored topping finish. A rich, chocolatey coffee liqueur that will make craveable creamy cocktails.
Pietro Gallo Estate Liquore alla Liquirizia
88 points
$37
Dark brown black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice and autumn leaves with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy dark roast coffee, cola, malta, and buttered pumpernickel with cinnamon sugar finish. A rich licorice-flavored liqueur that brings a welcome bitter, coffee-cola character the the table.
La Fée Parisienne Absinthe
88 points
$74.95
Opaque creamy pale yellow chartreuse color. Herbal aromas of aniseed, fennel fronds, and spearmint with an oily, vibrant, sweet full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length carrot blossoms, sea spray, and thin mints finish. A full-bodied, quaffable absinthe with an all-natural character.
88 points $74.95
Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Creamy opaque dark taupe color. Sweet aromas of cocoa powder, vanilla icing, rice flour cookies, butterscotch pudding, and cream cheese frosting with a creamy, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length fresh-baked cinnamon sugar soft pretzel and chocolate genache finish. A tasty cream liqueur with a fresh-baked chocolatey appeal.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Reserva del Señor Almond Tequila Liqueur
87 points
$17
Golden amber color. Aromas of cherry stones, almond kernel, biscotti, and sherry drizzled pineapple with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length maraschino cherry, sweet almond oil, candied banana, honey glazed donuts, and lozenge finish. A solid amaretto for sours and coffee.
Feeney’s Original Irish Cream Liqueur
87 points
$22
Creamy brown color. Sweet aromas of chocolate wafer cookies, white creme, lady finger cookies, vanilla wafer cookie, and chocolate chips with a creamy, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length Yoo Hoo drink, brownie batter, and nougat finish. An extra creamy chocolatey liqueur that will be tasty in coffees, chocolate cocktails, and ice cold on the rocks.
Pallini Limoncello Liqueur
87 points
$26.99
Neon golden green color. Citrusy, medicinal aromas and flavors of lemon oil, lemongrass cleaner, powdered sports drink, and lime cordial with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, quick candy coated aniseed and bitter melon finish. A lemony liqueur for throwback cocktails.
87 points $26.99
Limoncello di Capri Limoncello Liqueur
87 points
$27.99
Neon golden green color. Aromas of lemon and orange oils, lime lollipop, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a syrupy, vibrant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length lemon drop candies, Szechwan peppercorns, and lemongrass finish. An intensely concentrated limoncello that will make vivid cocktails.
87 points $27.99
Molinari Extra Sambuca Liqueur
87 points
$29.99
Clear color. Sweet aromas and flavors of licorice all-sorts and candy coating with a syrupy, bright, sweet full body and a silky, easy mint jellies and sugar cube finish. A richly textured candied Anise Liqueur that will be a decadent treat on the rocks, louched with water, or in a Frappe.
87 points $29.99
Toschi Nocello Liqueur
87 points
$29.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Sweet, nutty aromas of roasted hazelnut, turkish delight, peanut brittle, honey candies, candied lemon peel, and white chocolate-macadamia cookies with a round, crisp, very sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length honey-nut cereal, condensed milk, and caramel corn finish. Treat your nostalgic side to a sip of this liqueur that’s like Honey-nut O’s in a bottle.
87 points $29.99
Cormac Irish Cream Liqueur
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Light brown color. Creamy aromas of coconut confection, malted milk ball, chocolate candy, and toffee with a creamy, soft, very sweet medium body and a graceful, crisp toasted almond, coffee yogurt, and Neapolitan ice cream finish. A creamy, confected liqueur to spike coffee and hot chocolate.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
O’MARA’S Country Cream Liqueur
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Light brown color. Aromas of dried figs, milk chocolate, coffee creamer, and coconut shell with a creamy, soft, very sweet light body and a seamless, brisk pecan confection, chocolate fudge, and condensed milk finish. A solid cream liqueur to add velvety sweetness to coffee and winter warmers.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Appalachian Sippin Cream Strawberry Dream Liqueur
86 points
$25
Creamy pink color. Fruity aromas of strawberry syrup, whipped cream, yogurt, strawberry leaf, and cherry lozenge with a creamy, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-length strawberry Faygo and half n half finish. A sweet and creamy treat in a fun hue; blend with ice for an adult milkshake.
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Appalachian Sippin Cream Electric Orange Liqueur
86 points
$25
Creamy bright orange color. Aromas of peach cobbler, mandarins in syrup, orange tic tacs, and cantaloupe in cream with a creamy, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length tangerine soft serve and orange peel finish. A creamy, fruity liqueur for fun cocktails.
The Dubliner Whiskey & Honeycomb Liqueur
86 points
$25
Golden amber color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of candied almond, strawberry wafer cookie, banana pudding with ’Nilla wafers, circus peanuts, graham cracker pie crust, and meringue with toasted coconut with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish. Southerners may love the nostalgic Moon Pie quality of this confected whiskey liqueur.
Génépi Savio Paolino Bio Liqueur
86 points
$29
Pale golden green color. Herbal aromas of wet tarragon, star anise, cinnamon, clove, mustard greens, extra virgin olive oil, and cedar sauna with a round, bright, sweet medium body and a peppery, easy honey-vanilla candle, eucalyptus, and open barn door finish. A nice herbal liqueur for Sazerac riffs or tea cocktails
Founding Spirits Arroyos "Never Bitter"Amaro Liqueur
86 points
$42
Hazy mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of soft black licorice, chocolate sauce, proofing dough, cinnamon and ginger powder on raisins, and cola syrup with a round, crisp, bittersweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length oregano finish. A funky amaro to pair with a chocolate croissant.
Licor 43 Liqueur
85 points
$23.50
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of honey, tennis ball, beeswax candle, dried orange, and butter with an oily, soft, cloying fat body and a smooth, rapid clover honey, rock candy, and toasted marshmallow finish. A rich liqueur to add body and sweetness to cocktails.
85 points $23.50
Pallini Limoncello Cream Liqueur
85 points
$24.99
Creamy golden straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon popsicle, condensed milk, Trix cereal, key lime pie with meringue, and buttercream frosting with a creamy, soft, sweet medium body and a smooth, carefree pie crust finish. A smooth and creamy-dreamy liqueur with a gentle citrusy touch
85 points $24.99
Vapor Distillery Pumpkin King Cordial Liqueur
85 points
$30
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of gingerbread dough, pumpkin loaf, nutmeg, steamed chickpea, Palo Santo, orange zest, Marsala cooking wine, and sweet yogurt with a round, soft, very sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length dried pear, mulling spices, and buckwheat honey finish. A winter spice liqueur to add flavor to mulled cider or winter warmers.
Tuve Bitter Liqueur
85 points
$33.95
Brilliant red color. Peppery, citrusy aromas of orange and grapefruit peels, rhubarb, cassia bark, nutmeg, and candied ginger with a round, crisp, bittersweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length charred cocoa bean, strawberry preserve, gentian, menthol, and grains of paradise finish. A solid bitter liqueur for Negronis and Spritzes.
85 points $33.95
Rosa 22 Rosé Aperitivo Liqueur
84 points
$24
Brilliant pink coral color. Confected aromas of watermelon candies, strawberry gummies, bitter orange, and cinnamon sun tea with a glycerous, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk apple confection, sugar cube, and peach gummies finish. A very sweet and fruity cocktail ingredient with a hint of bitter orange character; a fine introduction to the aperitivo liqueur for the uninitiated.
Villa Massa Limoncello Liqueur
84 points
$26.50
Neon golden green color. Interesting aromas of wilted herbs, no. 2 pencil, and lemony polished furniture with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lard, lemon blossom, juicy fruit gum, fisherman’s friend lozenge, and frosted butter cookie finish. A solid limoncello liqueur for mixed drinks or to add color to layered shots.
84 points $26.50
Tuve Fernet Liqueur
84 points
$36.95
Mahogany color. Aromas of menthol and cacao nibs with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length chocolate milk shake, espresso beans, dandelion root, ginseng, and Andes mints finish. A chocolatey mentholated liqueur to slip into creamy coffee cocktails.
84 points $36.95
Pietro Gallo Estate Grappa al Caffè Liqueur
84 points
$48
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee grounds aromas, whole roasted nuts, dark chocolate graham cracker, and edamame with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed molasses, pepper, and coffee grounds finish. A balanced coffee liqueur for cocktails.
La Fée Absinthe Blanche
84 points
$69
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of good n’ plenty candies, quassia chips, goat’s milk, and wet tarragon with a light-to-medium body and a hot, short-to-medium finish. A dry, zesty take on traditional absinthe.
Celtic Honey Liqueur
82 points
$22.99
Light gold color. Aromas of sugar cube and bee pollen with a satiny, soft, sweet medium body and a silky, short-lived clover, rock candy, and candle finish. A solid liqueur to sweeten cocktails.
82 points $22.99
NV Absinthe Verte
82 points
$29.95
Brilliant neon green color. Aromas of licorice all-sorts, marshmallow, and tarragon with an oily, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long mint jellies and menthol rinse finish. A bold, fun-hued absinthe for novelty-seekers.
82 points $29.95
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery Fleur de Sureau Elderflower Liqueur
81 points
$27
Light gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pickled root vegetables, herb rubbed fruit, hint of rubber cement and balls, and raid sprayed pine table with a supple, soft, off-dry medium body and a graceful, brisk waxy honeycomb and dried elderflower finish. A serviceable honey-like liqueur for cocktails.
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