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Reviews for 2020

October 2020 - Liqueurs

October 2020 - Liqueurs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs

Liqueurs Reviews

Tempus Fugit Creme de Banane Liqueur
99 points
$47.13
Golden amber color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of banana bread, brown sugar, and fried bananas in butter and cognac sauce with a thick, soft, very sweet fat body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish that shows overtones of banana custard and candied raisins. A vivid, wonderfully natural Banana Liqueur to be used liberally in cocktails; it’s rare to find Liqueurs with such exceptional purity and intensity of flavor.
99 points $47.13
Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
$23
Best Buy
Rich dark garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, hints of peppermint, toast, and citronella with a bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, massive, medium-long smoked peppercorns and fine syrah finish. An intense, complex and generous Creme de Cassis with bold, pure flavors; the go-to choice for a Kir Royale, an El Diablo, and many other classic cocktails.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Tempus Fugit Gran Classico Bitter Liqueur
97 points
$48.28
Dark amber color. Aromas of cardamom, cardoons, cedar, saffron, rhubarb, and ginseng with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, long hints of carob, butterscotch, and cola finish. A rich, stylish bitter Liqueur that opens the palate; complex and spicy, this Aperitivo will complement a wide array of spirits and most any moment.
97 points $48.28
Tempus Fugit Kina LAero DOr Aperitif Liqueur
96 points
$47.13
Gold color. Complex aromas of Seville oranges, marmalade, oregano, chamomile jelly, fennel, and ginger-peach tea with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long hints of gentian, honey, caramel, and orris root finish. A very appealing, highly balanced Aperitivo that’s easy to love; spritz and cocktail away with this deliciously refreshing Liqueur.
96 points $47.13
Trader Joe’s Cocoa Cream Liqueur
94 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas of chocolate milk, cocoa powder, and graham crackers with a creamy, crisp, sweet fat body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length hot fudge on chocolate gelato and chocolate mousse finish. Giant chocolate flavors for your inner child; luxuriate with this over ice.
94 points $7.99 Best Buy
June by G’Vine Gin Liqueur
94 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of summer peach, orange candies, five alive, fresh lettuce, hints of fennel, and juniper jelly with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, long finish with notes of French fruit bon bons and floral water. An ethereal, yet powerful herb and Fruit Liqueur that will inspire delicious and captivating cocktails.
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Liqueur
94 points
$39.99
Amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of dried tangerine, lime zest, lime leaf, earl grey tea, and hints of dried mango with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish manifesting accents of toasted coconut, vanilla creme, ripe plum, sliced lemons, orange sorbet, dark chocolate, and warm baking spices. This rockstar versatile Liqueur will be loved neat, on the rocks, served up, and will elevate most any cocktail.
94 points $39.99
Merlet Creme De Peche de Vigne Fruit Liqueur
93 points
$23
Best Buy
Bronze color. Aromas of dried strawberry, clove, and dried apricot with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length sweet berries, peach preserves, and honey finish. A nicely layered Fruit Liqueur that will be a true cocktail workhorse.
93 points $23 Best Buy
Righteous Seven® Barrel Reserve Liqueur
93 points
$33
Mahogany color. Tropical aromas and flavors of brown sugar, dark honey, grilled pineapple, roasted cacao, and bananas with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, very complex, medium-long finish displaying overtones of allspice, clove, cola, cinnamon, molasses date cake, roasted walnuts, and dulce de leche. A rich, tropical, spicy, fruit-laden Liqueur that offers a world of possibilities for cocktails.
Kirkland Signature Traditional Holiday Egg Nog Liqueur
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Opaque creamy straw color. Creamy aromas of horchata, buttermilk pie, nutmeg, and tres leches cake with a thick, vibrant, sweet fat body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long vanilla milkshake and whipped cream with cherries finish. An absurdly craveable Cream Liqueur that proves near-impossible to refuse.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Van Der Haute Traditional Egg Nog Liqueur
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw yellow color. Aromas of white chocolate and heavy cream with a creamy, soft, sweet fat body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length vanilla malt milkshake, egg custard, spumoni gelato, and banana pudding finish. A creamy treat to serve ice cold or with a shot of espresso.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
di Amore Sambuca Anise Liqueur
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of Good & Plenty candies, sweet anise creme confection, hints of bay, and peppercorn with a thick, vibrant, sweet full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long finish conveying nuances of lemon zest, hints of violet, vanilla, and mint. A spicy, sweet and Herbal Liqueur with a plush texture and creamy appeal.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao Liqueur
92 points
$46.92
Bright copper color. Aromas of baking chocolate, brownie batter, and cocoa powder with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet fat body and a smooth, breezy hot fudge sauce finish. A wildly rich, pure chocolate liqueur with massive texture; this concentrated chocolate liqueur adds body and flavor to cocktails with just a drop.
92 points $46.92
Taktser Liqueur
91 points
$50
Cloudy golden amber color. Aromas of sandalwood, bay leaf, nutmeg, spruce, ginseng, bergamot, clove, and anise with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-long hints of pineapple and lime leaf finish. Musky, jump-from-the-glass aromatics welcome the curious cocktail enthusiast to this distinctive spirit.
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
90 points
$24.99
Dark brown color. Herbal aromas and flavors of fennel, rhubarb, fresh black coffee, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and eucalyptus with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish. A flavor-packed herbaceous Liqueur with great balance; add to stirred cocktails or lattes, shoot, or simply sip neat.
90 points $24.99
di Amore Quattro Orange Fruit Liqueur
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of lemon peel, orange zest, fresh grapefruit, and hints of cake batter with a round, vibrant, sweet light body and a warming, engaging, medium-length ripe oranges and vanilla bean finish. A vanilla-accented Citrus Liqueur with great body and length.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Tuaca Flavored Brandy Liqueur
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Aromas of milk chocolate with peanuts, butter pecan ice cream, and tiramisu with a round, crisp, very sweet medium body and a medium-to-long maple, butterscotch, and bananas finish. A rich and candied Flavored Brandy Liqueur.
89 points $19 Best Buy
ROMANA Sambuca Liquore Classico
89 points
$21
Clear color. Aromas of black licorice and hints of powdery florals with a syrupy, soft, very sweet medium body and a smooth, very long hints of sassafras and lilac finish. A thick, viscous Anise Liqueur that’s best with ice cold water. Its rich body stands up and creates a beautifully louched beverage that offers velvety weight and sweetness on the palate.
di Amore Limoncello Liqueur
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Brilliant neon yellow color. Aromas of lemon-lime popsicle and fresh parsley with a crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long orange sherbet and lemon sorbet finish. A punchy Limoncello for mixing.
88 points $13 Best Buy
The Irishman Superior Irish Cream Liqueur
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Opaque taupe color. Aromas of caramel milkshake, egg nog, and butter with a creamy, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length coffee creamer and butterscotch finish. A sweet and creamy treat to perk up coffee.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Herencia de Plata Coffee Tequila Liqueur
88 points
$22
Brown black color. Aromas of char-roasted espresso and hints of ginger and citrus peel with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-long marzipan finish. A pure Coffee Liqueur that adds roasty-sweet flavor to cocktails.
Merlet Lune DAbricot Flavored Brandy Liqueur
88 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach puree, sweet ginger, peach iced tea, and cotton candy with a glycerous, crisp, very sweet light body and a medium-length lemon gummies and apricot-peach smoothie finish. A boldly apricot-flavored Liqueur to dress up cocktails.
A.H. Riise Caramel Cream Liqueur
87 points
Opaque brown color. Aromas and flavors of condensed milk, coffee creamer, hints of cocoa powder, and egg custard tart with a creamy, bright, sweet fat body and a seamless, interesting, breezy finish displaying nuances of chocolate-walnut brownies, whipped cream, and Boston cream doughnut. A creamy Liqueur with hints of chocolate brownie swimming in sweet whipped cream; chill and enjoy!
di Amore Raspberry Fruit Liqueur
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape popsicle, boysenberry jam, black raspberry candies, and hints of vanilla taffy with a round, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish that presents accents of hints of chocolate. Don’t let the candied aromas fool you, this Raspberry Liqueur packs big flavor and grown up complexity.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Caravella Limoncello Liqueur
87 points
$17
Brilliant neon yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon oil and hints of fresh herbs with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of lemon custard finish. A solid Limoncello that checks all the boxes.
Caravella Orangecello Fruit Liqueur
87 points
$17
Neon cloudy orange color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of orange soda and tangerine popsicle with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish. A not-too-sweet Orange Liqueur with big aromatics.
Dimmi Liquore Milano Liqueur
87 points
$34
Silvery straw color. Aromas of coconut cooler, lime-spritzed cucumber, pineapple sorbet, kiwi, and parsley with a round, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length clove, mace, ginger, and gentian finish. A tropical, almost coconut-inflected Liqueur with a spicy, refreshingly bitter finish; endless cocktail possibilities.
Nonino LAperitivo Botanical Liqueur
87 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas of lemon zest, sage, lime cordial, toasted hazelnuts, and golden tomato with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length ginger scone and orange peel finish. A solid Herbal Liqueur with distinctive savory notes that set it apart.
87 points $39.99
Kavalan Sweet Cream Liqueur
85 points
$47
Golden amber color. Aromas of cocoa powder, caramel yogurt, and malted milk with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy Hershey’s bar, whipped topping, and chocolate sprinkles finish. A creamy treat for cocktails and nightcaps.
Gator Bite Coffee Liqueur
84 points
$16.99
Reddish mahogany color. Roasted aromas of donut shop coffee and glazed pastries with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length milk chocolate, cracked espresso beans, and cookies ’n cream finish. A silky-smooth coffee liqueur that checks all the boxes; roasty, creamy, complex and highly mixable.
84 points $16.99
Kavalan Sweet Coffee Liqueur
84 points
$38
Dark brown color. Aromas of char-roasted espresso, grilled vanilla bean, baking chocolate, and black toast with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length caramel-kissed black coffee finish. A rich and smoky Coffee Liqueur that will play well in winter warmer cocktails.
Gator Bite Satsuma & Rum Liqueur
83 points
$16.99
Neon orange color. Aromas of hi-c orange drink and orange jell-o with a supple, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a rapid orange Pez finish. A brightly hued fruity orange liqueur that’s fun and festive.
83 points $16.99
Merlet Trois Citrus Fruit Liqueur
83 points
$29
Clear color. Aromas of birch, fresh butter lettuce, aloe, and orange drink with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light body and a smooth, quick mixed citrus peels finish. A light, citrusy Liqueur that will be very versatile.
Huana Mayan Guanabana Liqueur
83 points
$32
Pale peach color. Aromas and flavors of dried pineapple and parchment with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish with shades of cane sugar and white tea. A mild Liqueur with nice weight for cocktailing.
Twelv 31 Velvet Berry Liqueur
81 points
$24.99
Bright minutely hazy aquamarine color. Tropical aromas and flavors of blue raspberry snow cone, lime slushie, pineapple sherbet, and tepache with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A fun, tropical Liqueur for festively hued cocktails.
81 points $24.99
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