June 2021 - Liqueurs

June 2021 - Liqueurs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs

Liqueurs Reviews

Joseph Cartron Sureau Elderflower Liqueur
97 points
$26
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lime leaf, lemongrass, citronella, beeswax, and ripe peach with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying notes of jasmine, candied ginger, crystallized lemon peel, and honey. A delicious melange of florals, herbs and spices dance on the tongue in this begging-to-be-mixed Liqueur.
Merlet Crème De Poire Williams Pear Liqueur
96 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas of ripe pear, crisp heirloom apple, and jasmine with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long toasted apple cake, ripe melon, honeycrisp apples, and hints of mint finish. A vivid and pure pear Liqueur with delicious length and balance.
Cynar 70 Bitter Liqueur
95 points
$36
Mahogany color. Aromas of white pepper, bitter roots, and aloe vera with a slightly chewy, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length cocoa powder, sweet carrot, carob, angelica, and black tea finish. A chewy, potent Bitter Liqueur for Black Manhattans and Last Word riffs.
Merlet Soeurs Cerises Cherry Liqueur
95 points
$38
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, devil’s food cake, bomb pop, and black cassis syrup with a round, vibrant, cloying fat body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of berry jam and cherry slushie. A bold berry Liqueur with subtle chocolate nuances.
Merlet Crème De Fraise Strawberry Liqueur
94 points
$35
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted strawberry, rhubarb, and boysenberry with a syrupy, lively, very sweet medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length plump raspberry and forest berry tea finish. A vivid berry Liqueur with a pop of balancing acidity; great for sparkling wine cocktails.
Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Rich creamy caramel color. Aromas of caramel cake, cocoa powder, vanilla milkshake, and pecan praline with a velvety, bright, sweet fat body and a smooth, complex, medium-long caramelized agave, smoked chocolate cake, and cinnamon mocha latte finish. A spot-on Cream Liqueur with delicious chocolatey and caramel flavors.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Galliano Ristretto Coffee Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of candied fennel seeds, espresso, tarragon, black pepper, and cereal grains with a chewy, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a tingling, layered, long finish that shows touches of spiced coffee, molasses, and hits of roasted nuts. An herbaceous and distinctive Coffee Liqueur that offers something deliciously different to the coffee or absinthe lover.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Amérisse Liqueur Amére au Cassis
93 points
$30
Rich reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of seville orange, carob, nettle, orris root, angelica, and ginseng with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, involved, long finish revealing overtones of juicy grapefruit. A bittersweet, practically juicy Aperitivo that will be a dream in a spritz; highly satisfying and bright.
Joseph Cartron Créme De Framboise Liqueur
92 points
$23
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of wild raspberry, raspberry confection, and ripe summer tomato with a velvety, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish. A pure and concentrated raspberry Liqueur that delivers fresh, intense, and highly craveable flavors.
92 points $23 Best Buy
Disaronno Originale Liqueur
92 points
$27
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of apricot kernel, ripe amerada cherries, hints of brandy, and candied grapefruit with a round, vibrant, very sweet full body and a polished, engaging, long finish with shades of hints of roasted coffee beans and spiced cream. A rich and round Amaretto that offers great depth, balance and length.
Maestro Café Caffé Cream Liqueur
92 points
$29
Creamy mahogany color. Inviting aromas of tiramisu, sweet Turkish coffee, and milk chocolate shake with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a stimulating, medium-long whipped cream, shaved chocolate, chocolate flan with espresso beans, and hints of aniseed finish. A deliciously balanced Cream Liqueur with craveable coffee and cream flavors.
Bitter Journey Bingzhou Liqueur
92 points
$40
Bright bronze color. Aromas of gentian, black tea, ginseng, and palo santo smoke with a satiny, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length herbal tincture, homeopathic remedy, and licorice finish. A slightly bitter and boldly intriguing Liqueur made with a sensuous bouquet of East Asian herbs and spices.
Sovrano Coffee Liqueur
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, grilled cacao, moka pot coffee, and molasses cookies with a lightly tannic, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long finish. A true-to-life, smoky-roasty Coffee Liqueur with excellent balance, texture and natural acidity.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Braulio Amaro Alpino Liqueur
91 points
$24
Best Buy
Bronze color. Citrusy aromas of spruce tips, lemon verbena, and basil with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sweet marzipan, juniper, spiced tea, and peppermint finish. An herbaceous and cooling Bitter Liqueur that brings a distinctive pine tone to your cocktail repertoire.
91 points $24 Best Buy
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Banana Pudding Appalachian Sippin Cream Liqueur
91 points
$25
Best Buy
Opaque creamy color. Aromas of banana pudding, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream with a creamy, very sweet full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long shortbread and ripe banana slices finish. A dead ringer for classic banana pudding; a genuine crowd-pleaser.
91 points $25 Best Buy
Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur
90 points
$29
Golden yellow color. Pungent aromas of baked pineapple, escabeche, and clay with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light body and a hot, medium-length Sichuan peppercorn, sambal, and salsa verde finish. A piquant Liqueur that will add heat and style to Tequila and Mezcal cocktails.
Cinzano 1751 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Bronze color. Earthy aromas and flavors of carob, fresh orange zest, eucalyptus, orris root, cassia, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of cola. A bittersweet Vermouth with brooding flavors of carob and herbs; try in a spritz, whiskey cocktails and more.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Cinzano Bianco Vermouth
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of yuzu curd, hints of dried ginger, mandarin orange, iris, and angelica with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of sweet melon, heirloom apple, and bitter herbs. A cheerful and springy blanc Vermouth that will be delicious on the rocks, in spritzes, and in classic cocktails.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Cynar Ricetta Originale Bitter Liqueur
89 points
$26
Bright mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest, ginseng, red tea, tarragon, and carob cake with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A solid Bitter Liqueur that brings a dark and mysterious tone to cocktails.
Bumbu Crème Liqueur
89 points
$34.99
Taupe color. Aromas and flavors of gingerbread, pumpkin spice latte, horchata, sweet potato pie, and nutmeg sprinkled egg nog with a creamy, vibrant, sweet fat body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of pumpkin custard and tres leches cake. A festive spiced Cream Liqueur that beckons you to another sip.
89 points $34.99
Villon Brandy Liqueur
89 points
$34.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of chai latte, cinnamon-spiced cashews, gingerbread, milk chocolate, and spiced bananas foster with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-to-long cola and whipped cream finish. A richly flavored and satiny textured Liqueur bursting with spiced flavor.
89 points $34.99
O’Reilly’s Original Country Cream Liqueur
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas of malted milk ball, heather honey, toffee, and chocolate milk with a supple, vibrant, sweet fat body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length butter pecan ice cream and Italian meringue finish. A sweet and creamy Liqueur that hits the spot.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Pallini Limoncello Liqueur
88 points
$24
Cloudy bright golden green color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh lemon peels, lime zest, lemon verbena, hints of lavender, and rosemary with a round, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of lemon candies and lemon cream pie. A pure and vibrant Limoncello with a velvety mouthfeel.
Joseph Cartron Impérial Cartron Triple Orange Liqueur
88 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange peel, hints of candied ginger, and orange curd with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish. Intense, pure citrus flavors and weighty texture make this a rock solid modifier for craft cocktails.
The Whistler Small Batch Irish Cream Liqueur
88 points
$29
Creamy dark taupe color. Aromas of toffee, chocolate yogurt, and hints of fruity brandy with a creamy, vibrant, sweet fat body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length salted caramel, shaved chocolate, butter, and Milky Way candy bar finish. A salty, chocolatey, sweet and creamy treat that’s an instant palate pleaser.
Barneby’s Country Cream Liqueur
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, vanilla gelato, caramel sauce, and candied nuts with a creamy, bright, very sweet fat body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying accents of vanilla yogurt and whipped mascarpone. A rich and caramel-centric Cream Liqueur for coffee drinks, dessert cocktails and more.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Tia Maria Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
87 points
$27
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of coffee candies, dark chocolate, and Tootsie Roll with a syrupy, crisp, cloying fat body and an even, rapid finish with accents of walnut. A very sweet Coffee Liqueur with a dense texture; great to add weight to after-dinner cocktails.
Absinthe Ordinaire Reserve Liqueur
87 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh melon rind, lemon supremes, aloe, dill, and spearmint with a silky, bright, dryish light body and an interesting, easy finish displaying notes of fennel and coriander seed. A contemporary and herbaceous Absinthe with a dry, garden-fresh style.
Ancho Reyes Chile Ancho Liqueur
86 points
$22
Amber color. Interesting aromas of water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, and matcha with honey with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long five-spice, ancho chile, and tamarind finish. A savory, spicy Liqueur that delivers balanced heat and distinctive aromatics.
Southern Star Double Shot Coffee Bourbon Cream Liqueur
86 points
$24
Creamy cocoa color. Aromas of chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream with a creamy, crisp, sweet full body and a smooth, fast carob cookie finish. A creamy chocolate shake of a Liqueur.
Henri Bardouin Pastis Liqueur
86 points
$29
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of soft black licorice, sweet tarragon, thai basil, citronella, and lemon verbena with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish. A sweet, creamy Anise Liqueur with pervasive flavors and delicate complexity.
Cinzano 1757 Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry
85 points
$8
Slivery straw color. Fruity, herbal aromas of green leaves, mint, and hints of golden raisins with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and an effortless, breezy toasted nuts, dried lime, and hints of anise finish. A toasty and dry Vermouth for classic martini recipes.
O’Reilly’s Peanut Butter Country Cream Liqueur
85 points
$10
Creamy taupe color. Aromas of crisp wafer cookie, sweet creme filling, and malted chocolate with a round, crisp, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length salted caramel, salted pretzel, pecan buttercream, and earl grey latte finish. A decadent Kit Kat Bar of a Cream Liqueur.
Pallini Peachcello Fruit Liqueur
85 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple candies, peach smoothie, banana Runts, and candied apricot with a velvety, crisp, sweet medium body and an engaging, medium-long finish. A sweet and candied peach Liqueur for fun and fruity cocktails.
Tia Maria Matcha Cream Liqueur
85 points
$24
Creamy opaque chartreuse color. Pungent aromas of egg white, grass clippings, fallen peach, and ripe honeydew with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, peculiar, medium-length earthy matcha and creamy goat’s milk finish. A wild ride of a Cream Liqueur with notes of green tea and melon; head open-minded into this rich, earthy, and fruity treat.
Hamilton Ministry Of Rum Collection Pimento Dram Liqueur
85 points
$28
Sedimentary golden green color. Aromas and flavors of ground cloves, cinnamon extract, whole wheat bread dough, and iodine with a slightly chewy, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with notes of allspice, echinacea, turmeric, banana bread, and ginger tea. An intriguing Liqueur packed with island spices and funky Rum character.
Disaronno "Velvet" Cream Liqueur
85 points
$29
Creamy eggshell color. Aromas and flavors of lemon verbena, vanilla shake, shredded coconut, and cherry-almond with a creamy, vibrant, sweet fat body and a graceful, medium-length finish revealing touches of lemon sherbet and sweet pears in cream. A creamy treat for that after dinner sweet tooth.
Gervasi Vineyard Blu Blueberry Liqueur
85 points
$39
Fuchsia color. Aromas of raspberry candle, boysenberry syrup, wild berry Gushers, and sweet tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long malted milk balls and tobacco finish. A wild ride of a berry Liqueur with distinctive flavors and finish.
Chelly Limoncello
84 points
$19
Pale golden green color. Confected aromas and flavors of lime Jell-O and tangy citrus fruit snacks with a crisp, sweet light body and a sleek, medium-length finish. A bright and candied Limoncello for easy cocktailing.
Poet’s Potion Classique Recipe No. 5 Absinthe
84 points
$37
Clear color. Aromas of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, maple waffles, kouign amann, and coriander with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length fennel seeds finish. A delicate Absinthe with sweet, toasty aromatics and a lightly herbal finish.
The Fifth Cup Craft Liqueur
82 points
$33
Murky golden amber color. Interesting aromas of sunflower seeds, whole wheat crackers, and pecan with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, medium-length tea with honey, apple compote, and peach jam finish. A seedy, toasty-sweet spirit with a fruity finish.
Star Union Spirits Coffee Liqueur
81 points
$36
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple brandy, kirsch, toasted whole grain bread, cola, and ground espresso beans with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk finish that presents nuances of carob. A curiously dry Coffee Liqueur.
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