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October 2019 - Liqueurs

October 2019 - Liqueurs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs

Liqueurs Reviews

Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre Liqueur
95 points
$69.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of dried orange peel, ripe apple, preserved cherries, spiced tea, and dried figs and dates with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length ripe banana, baked peach, dark chocolate, cinnamon pastry, and honey finish. A rich and complex flavored brandy liqueur to add nuance, lift and body to stirred cocktails.
95 points $69.99
Averna Amaro Siciliano Liqueur
94 points
$30.99
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of rosemary, black tea, chicory, cacao nibs, cedar, anise, and menthol with a glycerous, lively, very sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, layered, long finish with suggestions of black coffee, chocolate-covered caramel, charred nuts, and cinnamon Danish finish. A rock solid bitter liqueur with bold aromas and a silky smooth, balanced palate.
94 points $30.99
Righteous Seven® Liqueur
93 points
$30
Bright reddish mahogany color. Fruity aromas of cherry preserves, chocolate bar, toasted coconut, mocha, and whipped creme with a satiny, crisp, very sweet medium body and an even, appealing, medium-length dried figs and dates, prunes, black forest cake, and rooibos tea finish. Delicious rich flavors of forest fruits and chocolate make this a nuanced liqueur that will add complexity and interest to a wide array of cocktails.
Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur DOrange
93 points
$32.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of Seville orange zest, dark chocolate, dried figs, and licorice with a round, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with overtones of raisins and roasted nuts, marmalade, and cinnamon finish. A tasty brandy-based fruit liqueur with great depth of flavor; delicious in complex cocktails or simply on the rocks.
93 points $32.99
Sovrano Limoncello Cream Liqueur
93 points
$48
Opaque creamy straw yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of lemon chiffon cake, buttercream, vanilla custard, and lemon bar with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet full body and a graceful, medium-length finish with accents of lemon shortbread cookies and whipped cream finish. A decadent, creamy lemon liqueur that’s easy to love.
Foro Amaro Speciale Liqueur
92 points
$28.99
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of cola, licorice, orange zest, tiramisu, and chamomile with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, easy finish conveying suggestions of chocolate-covered figs, alpine herbs, and orris root finish. A rich and round amaro that’s exceptionally well balanced.
92 points $28.99
Verino Apostalagma Ouzo Liqueur
92 points
$38
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of licorice, candy-coated aniseed, dried mint, and caraway with a silky, bright, moderately sweet light body and a warming, breezy finish. An outrageously smooth and balanced anise spirit for cocktails, highballs, and more.
Sovrano Limoncello Original Liqueur
92 points
$48
Nearly opaque bright yellow color. Aromas of fresh lemon peel, hint of peppermint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon-poppyseed scone and lemon marmalade finish. A naturally vibrant limoncello, a concentrated and pure expression that will work beautifully in cocktails and punches.
Faretti Biscotti Liqueur
91 points
$28.99
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted hazelnut. fennel, cashew, anisette biscotti, almond macaron, candied orange peel, old fashioned donut, and coconut cream with a velvety, crisp, sweet light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish that shows elements of mocha and caramel finish. A rich and appealing hazelnut liqueur to slip into coffee cocktails for a decadent treat.
91 points $28.99
Kuma Turmeric Liqueur
91 points
$34
Neon gold color. Aromas and flavors of basil, bay leaf, gentian, saffron, cinnamon, turmeric, mint, and peppercorns with a velvety, bright, sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish that shows notes of Meyer lemon marmalade and coriander finish. Dried herbs and spices fill this turmeric liqueur with complexity; a bright and interesting cocktail component.
Granada-Vallet Bitter Pomegranate Liqueur
90 points
$24.99
Crimson red color. Aromas of gentian, vanilla, strawberry, bitter orange peel, allspice, and cinnamon with a satiny, bittersweet medium body and a smooth, snappy peppercorns, wormwood, newsprint, moldy tree stump, and dusty cabinets finish. A bright and boldly bitter liqueur to open up the palate.
90 points $24.99
Verino Mastiha Liqueur
90 points
$29
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of iceberg lettuce and jicama with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, fast finish with nuances of melon rind, aloe, celery, and green cardamom finish. A subtlety herbaceous liqueur to pair with light and airy vodka cocktails; unique and playful.
St. Elder Pamplemousse Liqueur
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Pale pink color. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and carnation with a satiny, crisp, very sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, relaxed finish with accents of sliced cucumber, grapefruit curd, and rhubarb finish. A silvery pink grapefruit liqueur with great flavor; pair with gin or sparkling wine for cheerful spring cocktails.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Clément Mahina Coconut Liqueur
88 points
$24.99
Clear color. Baked aromas and flavors of coconut candy, baked peach, pastry, and grilled veggies with a soft, bright, sweet thin body and a brisk finish. A complex coconut liqueur with intricate layers of agricole rum and vibrant tropical coconut.
88 points $24.99
Pallini Limoncello Liqueur
88 points
$26.99
Hazy bright yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of citron, lemon drop candies, lime peel, and coriander with a silky, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with notes of lemon meringue pie finish. A vibrant limoncello that packs pounds of citrus flavor into each sip.
88 points $26.99
Verino Tentura Liqueur
88 points
$29
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise, cola, and chicory with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with notes of caramel, milk chocolate, cashew butter, and ginseng finish. A smooth and creamy spiced liqueur that’s easy to slip into whiskey and rum cocktails.
Gozio Amaretto Liqueur
87 points
$24
Amber color. Nutty aromas of amaretti cookies, apricot stone, almond paste, and biscotti with a lean, bright, sweet light body and an effortless, brisk lemon almond scone, soaked cakes, and maraschino cherries finish. A mild, light-bodied amaretto liqueur for classic amaretto sours.
St. Elder Blood Orange Liqueur
86 points
$19.99
Minutely hazy silvery salmon pink color. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit flesh, basil, and lilac with a satiny, vibrant, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length juicy grapefruit, peppery, and orange seeds finish. A juicy citrus liqueur that offers herbaceous nuance; a balanced and flavorful addition to add complex citrus notes to cocktails.
86 points $19.99
Kringle Cream Liqueur
86 points
$21.99
Slivery straw color. Aromas of malted milk, egg nog, cappuccino foam, and white chocolate with a creamy, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a medium-length soft cookies, buttercream, and whipped cream finish. A pillowy cream liqueur for boozy coffee drinks.
86 points $21.99
Amaro Angeleno Liqueur
86 points
$34
Dark gold color. Herbal, savory aromas of gentian, roasted agave, melon, toasted sesame, caramelized pineapple, and soy glazed green beans with a satiny, vibrant, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lemon pith and wormwood finish. A distinctively savory liqueur with a bitter backbone for cocktail play.
Sovrano Orangello Cream Liqueur
86 points
$48
Opaque creamy golden straw color. Creamy aromas of lemon yogurt, pound cake, marmalade, Swiss meringue, and cheesecake with a creamy, bright, very sweet full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length lemongrass, taro custard, almond sponge cake, and lemon blossom finish. Totally decadent; think of this as citrusy drinking custard.
Geijer Glögg California Fernet Liqueur
85 points
$34
Mahogany color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, mace, black tea, cardamom, and cologne with a velvety, bright, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long cola, bitter herbs, hint of menthol, and licorice finish. A bold and spicy bitter that will play well in a wide variety of cocktails or as a digestivo after dinner.
ABK6 Cinnamon Liqueur
84 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon candy, honey yogurt, anise, and nutmeg with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a hot, brisk finish displaying accents of caramel sauce finish. A spicy cinnamon liqueur for daredevil shots.
84 points $24.99
Oregon Spirit Distillers Absinthe
84 points
$55
Chartreuse color. Herbal aromas of anise, tropical fruit, tarragon, oregano, wintergreen, and violet with a silky, soft, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a warming, swift wormwood finish. A rustic, bitter absinthe with bold herbaceous notes; fun for creative cocktail play
Ventura Spirits Limoncello Liqueur
83 points
$26
Clear slivery straw color. Aromas of waxed lemons, lemon slice candies, and radish with a glycerous, crisp, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a easy lemon oil and lemon pith finish. A sweet and citrusy cocktail component.
Old Fourth Distillery Lawndart Liqueur
80 points
$29
Hazy slivery straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pickled ginger and water chestnuts with a satiny, bright, off-dry watery body and a peppery, crisp finish. A piquant liqueur to add subtle heat and herbal flavor to spring cocktails.
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