About Flavored Brandy Liqueur

Serve in a Copita
Flavored Brandy Liqueurs are liqueurs using either Cognac or Brandy as a base and flavored mostly commonly with orange–like in the most famous example, Grand Marnier–or other flavorings such as vanilla or coffee and then sweetened with sugar. These should not be confused with Fruit-Flavored Brandies, which are grape Brandies that have been flavored with the extract of another fruit and are much drier.
Top Picks for Flavored Brandy Liqueur
219029
Grand Marnier
Quintessence Liqueur
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of fresh orange zest, allspice, eucalyptus, hibiscus, galangal, and lemongrass with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, very complex, long dark chocolate dipped tangerine peel, persimmon, dried apricot, black tea, lime oil, nutmeg, and underripe pineapple finish. A knockout, musky orange liqueur with a warm, tropical edge and persistent, elegant flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222190
Merlet
Soeurs Cerises Cherry Brandy Liqueur
Dark garnet color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of perfect sour cherries, forest, sunflower, and warm spices with a round, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long hint of coffee finish. A bright, delicious and pure cherry liqueur reminiscent of a homemade visnovka; a fantastic European-style cherry liqueur.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219026
Grand Marnier
Cordon Rouge Liqueur
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of dried apples, rice pudding, ginger, and orange marmalade with a syrupy, lively, sweet medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length pumpkin tart, burnt sugar, nutmeg, hot cinnamon, and ginseng-mint finish. A spicy, complex liqueur that will find its place in a multitude of craft cocktails.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220487
Gran Gala
Orange Brandy Liqueur
Copper color. Aromas of orange peel and clove, cinnamon candies, spiced honey cake, and amaretto with a syrupy, lively, very sweet fat body and a peppery, interesting, brisk cotton candy ice cream, birthday cake, fruit punch, and black pepper and mace finish. All manner of sweet and spice collide in this fruity liqueur.
94 points $19.99 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
219027
Grand Marnier
Signature Collection Raspberry Peach Liqueur
Clear gold color. Sweet aromas of Turkish delight, sweet peach syrup, shortbread cookie, spiced raisin cake, and candied orange peel with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, layered, medium-long flamed orange, honeysuckle, marmalade, candied ginger, and peppercorns finish. A rich and nuanced liqueur on the dry side that will light up everything from sidecars to margaritas; try it on the rocks.
92 points $39.99
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
219028
Grand Marnier
Cuvèe du Centenaire Liqueur
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, sundried orange peels, dried berries, and black tea with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long warm spices, juniper, almond brittle, and marmalade finish. A complex liqueur for Cadillac margaritas or serving on the rocks with cigars.
91 points $199.99
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
219030
Grand Marnier
Cuvée 1880 Liqueur
Clear dark amber color. Oaky aromas and flavors of cocoa powder-dusted dried fruits, vanilla, dried apricot, tobacco, chai tea, and toasty oak with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long melon, roasted apricot, dried grass, cherry pie, anise, and smoky leather finish. A sweet and rich liqueur that is a natural pairing for aged brandies, cigars, and special occasions.
90 points $349.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab