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September 2022 - Liqueurs

September 2022 - Liqueurs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs

Liqueurs Reviews

Evan Williams Egg Nog Cream Liqueur
94 points
$10
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cream and christmas baking spices, banana malted milkshake, and pineapple marzipan with a thick, full body and a long finish with notes of egg nog, caramel flan, and graham cracker. Christmas cheer in a bottle any time of year.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Strawberries & Cream Liqueur
94 points
$14
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry quik and melted strawberry milkshake with a round, soft, fruity full body and a long finish with notes of cherry cream and delicate spice. Creamy smooth and perfectly executed; The Dude abides and you can make your White Russian a pink, fruity, fun strawberry Russian.
94 points $14 Best Buy
Dubbonnet Rouge Wine Aperitif
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red cherry, stewed strawberry, herbs, quinine, and violets with a full body and a long finish displaying impressions of cherry cough drops, grilled herbs, and light citrus. Poured over ice, used in cocktails, or as an excellent addition to a punch, this is sure to please.
94 points $17 Best Buy
Merlet Creme De Framboise Liqueur
94 points
$27
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry and strawberry preserves, currants, mint, anise, grilled herbs, and strawberry pop rocks with a round, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, long finish with notes of candied raspberry and strawberry, grilled herbs, black licorice, and grape bubble gum. A lush and tasty sipper, and would make an incredible summer punch.
Tia Maria Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
94 points
$27
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, mounds bar, hazelnut coffee, sweet plantain and toasted coconut, and cedar with a satiny, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a compelling, long finish conveying touches of affogato, tiramasu, and blonde roast cold brew. A delicious, delicate yet complex, coffee liqueur to make cocktails with.
Haus Pomegranate Rosemary Aperitif Wine
94 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of lemon and honey ricola cough drop, rosemary, and red apples and pears with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of strawberry lemonade, orange tea with honey, rosemary and menthol, and strawberry. A fun, fruity and herbaceous aperitif that will be a delicious after dinner sipper, as well as a great addition to a Gin Martini or Spritz.
Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
94 points
$39
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dark roast cold press coffee, roasted nuts, and caramelized banana with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of dark roast, espresso bean, caramel syrup, and affogato. A delicious and bold coffee liqueur to use in cocktails, after dinner drinks, and baking; for the dark roast, espresso drinker.
Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth
93 points
$8
Best Buy
Opaque slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisins, cantaloupe and green apple, sage, thyme, parsley, oregano, and mint, and under ripe peach with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish with accents of dried white flowers and potpourri, bitter herbs, green apple, and pear, dried and cured meats, grapefruit pith, and umami and parmesan cheese rind. A premium dry Vermouth that can stand alone or play well in cocktails; an excellent example of what you need it to be.
93 points $8 Best Buy
Cinzano Vermouth Bianco
93 points
$8
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange and lemon zest with pith, italian herb garden, and honeysuckle and green apple with a round, crisp, off-dry medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-long finish with accents of apple and pear, white flowers, lemon and quinine. Light and herbaceous, yet a touch sweet; try in a classic cocktails that don’t need too much of a bitter component.
93 points $8 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of caramel heavy frappachino, butterscotch, toffee, pecan, and and hazelnut with a full body and a long finish evoking notes of butterscotch from dq and salted caramel. A sweet, creamy, caramel liqueur that would be delicious in your after dinner coffee.
93 points $14 Best Buy
PAMA Fruit Liqueur
93 points
$24
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tart cherry, under ripe cassis, pomegranate, and raspberry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish evoking nuances of pomegranate, cranberry, and raspberry. A delicious, tart fruit liqueur to be added to a Highball, Spritz or make a delicious fruit-forward, acid-driven Martini.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Cynar Bitter Liqueur
93 points
$26
Bronze color. Aromas and flavors of toasted walnuts and artichoke, singed bacon fat brussels sprouts, burnt caramel, and rhubarb with a syrupy, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long finish conveying notes of burnt sugar on blood orange, espresso grounds mixed with demerara sugar, very dark chocolate, and gentian. A racy treat to sip after a heavy Italian meal or a perfect addition for a Black Manhattan.
Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
93 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of hazelnut, marzipan, candied walnut, and shortbread with a glycerous, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish imparting accents of hazelnut, nutterbutter and cocoa nib, a whisp of lemon zest, and pistachio and mascarpone. A rich and hazelnut forward nut liqueur that is exactly what you want it to be.
Cinzano 1757 Vermouth Di Torino Rosso Sweet
93 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted orange peel, ginger and cocoa, cinnamon and kola nut, and birch bark with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of cinnamon and candied orange peel, fennel seed, texas red grapefruit, and stewed red fruit. Perfect in a Manhattan, or great on the rocks with a twist; love this with a Rye or Cognac base.
Haus Rose Rosé Aperitif Wine
93 points
$35
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cassis leaf and goose berry, stewed strawberries, watermelon bubble yum, and pomegranate seed with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a layered, medium-length finish imparting notes of apple and pear, mixed nuts, and blood orange and pomegranate. A sweet after dinner sipper for the Rosé lover that would be great in a Spritz.
Grand Marnier Cuvée Du Centenaire Liqueur
93 points
$199
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange zest, toasted baking spice, apricot, and roasted chestnuts in caramel sauce with a glycerous, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of sweet seville orange and vanilla and cinnamon roasted nuts. A rich and decadent after dinner sipper that would make a luxurious Sidecar or Margarita.
Kirkland Signature Irish Cream Liqueur
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Brown color. Aromas and flavors of melted nestle crunch bar, marshmallow heavy rice krispy treat, butterscotch, and brown sugar oatmeal cookie with a thick, sweet fat body and a compelling, medium-long finish that shows notes of chocolate dipped rice krispy treat, caramel and malted chocolate, and angel food cake. Blend it up with some ice and garnish with chocolate shavings for an adult birthday party; seriously make this happen.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Il Tramonto Limoncello
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemonheads, marzipan, vanilla wafer, lemon trix, and bergamot with a syrupy, crisp, fruity medium body and an interesting, long finish manifesting overtones of lemon candies with lemon pepper and honey simple syrup with garden herbs. Rich and lemony with a hint of herbal zest this will make a delicious after dinner drink or pleasant modifier for a lemonade long drink.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Harpy Liquor Limoncello
92 points
$21
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pellegrino limon soda, flambéed lemon peel, and cucumber and aloe with a silky, racy, fruity light-to-medium body and a stimulating, long finish revealing suggestions of sour lemon skittles and lime zest. A very refreshing Limoncello that shouldn’t wait till after dinner to be enjoyed.
92 points $21 Best Buy
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Banana Pudding Appalachian Sippin Cream Liqueur
92 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of banana pudding, vanilla wafer cookies, strawberry and raspberry nougat, and banana runts with a full body and a long finish with shades of banana now and later, cherry cream on a buttery croissant, and banana cream pudding. This stuff is bananas: B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
92 points $25 Best Buy
Merlet Creme De Mure Sauvage Liqueur
92 points
$27
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mixed nuts, leather, slightly medicinal red berry compote, and vinyl or plastic with a glycerous, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, nuanced, medium-long finish that shows touches of cherry cola syrup, all spice, lychee, candela tobacco, and blueberry pie and rose petal. A complex, rich, and interesting sipper that will keep you coming back for more.
Hotel Chocolat Velvetised Chocolate Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
92 points
$29.99
Medium creamy borwn color. Creamy aromas and flavors of egg custard, fresh vanilla buttercream frosting, salted caramel bonbon, and butterscotch with a creamy, soft, sweet full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish that presents notes of cajeta, cocoa-dusted nuts, rich cream, and spumoni gelato. A super rich and creamy liqueur with lovely toffee and caramel notes.
92 points $29.99
Haus Grapefruit Jalapeño Aperitif Wine
92 points
$35
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of jalapeño, pineapple, tajin, and balsa wood with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of jalapeño, cilantro, lemon, and grapefruit peel. Bitter citrus fruit rounds out with hints of green vegetables and has a slight jalapeño spice kick on the finish that would play great in cocktails or served neat.
Ouzo 12 Anise Liqueur
91 points
$23
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of black jelly bean, lemon zest, white flowers, and poppyseed and black pepper with a glycerous, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, very long finish imparting notes of anise, star anise, gentian root, and sassafras. For the consumer that loves anise, this is a very well made and balanced liqueur.
91 points $23 Best Buy
Cinzano 1757 Vermouth Di Torino Extra Dry
91 points
$29
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lotus flower, sage, basil, thyme, oregano, white flower and green apple skin, and umami and marzipan with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of sage, basil, thyme, oregano, lemon and sweet roasted garlic, and caraway and meyer lemon. A savory sipper as a chilled apéritif, as well as an excellent addition to enhance the herbaceous qualities of your Martini.
Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre Liqueur
91 points
$69
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh squeeze valencia orange, lime zest and red plum, and ginger with a glycerous, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, long finish with impressions of orange mamba, pickled ginger, and lemon zest. A delicious, not too syrupy Brandy Liqueur; with a touch of lime you would have a Sidecar ready to go.
O’Reilly’s Salted Caramel Country Cream Liqueur
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate covered caramel, vanilla mocha, and confetti frosting with a creamy, moderately sweet full body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of melted milk dud milkshake and butterscotch ice cream dip. Taste like birthday cake in a glass, in the best possible way.
90 points $12 Best Buy
La Fée Parisienne Absinthe Supérieure Liqueur
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Golden green color. Aromas of ethanol, anise, gentian, lime zest, celery root, and banana nut bread with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, complex, medium-length star anise, lemon pepper, lime salt and mustard seeds celery root finish. A very good Absinthe alternative that is sure to please and will make an excellent Sazerac.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Grande Absente Absinthe Originale
90 points
$69
Neon chartreuse color. Aromas and flavors of anise and gentian, lime cream, lemon zest, and coconut cream with an oily, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of cinnamon and lemon and spicy pickle brine. A solid Absinthe with potential applications in tropical cocktails thanks to the subtle coconut notes.
Ricura Horchata Cream Liqueur
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas of coconut rice pudding, sweet cream, and vanilla almond milk with a thick, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long thai sticky rice and melted vanilla ice cream finish. Creamy and dreamy vanilla bean with subtle hints of cinnamon spice.
89 points $19 Best Buy
Disaronno Velvet Cream Liqueur
89 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of heavy cream and almond extract, sweet cream, almond and sugar cookie, medicinal, vinyl, and cherry pepto bismol with a creamy, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with notes of tres leches cake, coconut cream sticky rice, and tres leche cake. A yummy cream liqueur to add to coffee, cocktails, boozy milkshakes, etc.
Cinzano Vermouth Rosso
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of dried dates and figs, kola nut, cocoa nibs, and orange peel, and grilled herbs with a round, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish with elements of dried red fruits and nuts, fennel and herbs, and earl grey. A delicious, complex sweet Vermouth that would add a touch of bitterness to the backbone of any classic cocktail, particularly a Wheated Bourbon Manhattan.
88 points $8 Best Buy
IRISH MANOR Irish Cream Liqueur
88 points
$16
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel and mocha, sweet cream and green cardamon, and toffee and condensed milk with a creamy, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish revealing elements of sweet cream, mocha with caramel drizzle, and toasted almond. Blend with ice and add chocolate covered espresso beans and chocolate shavings.
88 points $16 Best Buy
Royale Montaine Cognac + Orange Specialty Liqueur
88 points
$26
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange in caramel sauce, ginger and cinnamon waffle, and burnt honey with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and an appealing, medium-to-long finish with shades of orange creme brulee, ripe cantaloupe, earl grey tea, and green papaya. A tasty digestif or high quality cocktail modifier.
Combier DOrange Fruit Liqueur
88 points
$34
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of valencia orange, tart cherry, gingerbread and marzipan, and honeydew and peppermint with a glycerous, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying notes of candied blood orange peel and raw cane sugar. Sweet candied orange with the slightest touch of bitterness to keep it from being cloying make this a lovely drink modifier with the quality to drink on its own.
Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
88 points
$34
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled ginger and candied ginger, slightly singed whole grain toast, lavender soap, pine, mint, and and green pepper with a glycerous, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish with nuances of ginger, white and purple flowers, clove, cinnamon, and and juniper. Rich and warming, could make an amazing holiday-themed cocktail, spice up some coffee, or even elevate some cookies.
Tia Maria Matcha Cream Liqueur
87 points
$24
Chartreuse color. Aromas and flavors of melted green tea mochi, mint, and pistachio glazed doughnut with a creamy, medium body and a medium finish with impressions of green tea and whole milk and dried grass. A nice cream liqueur to add to green tea that’s just sweet enough to sip on as well.
Casa D’Aristi Narano Bitter Orange Fruit Liqueur
87 points
$34
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange, lime and grapefruit, and lemon pledge with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length finish manifesting notes of candied orange peel, grapefruit, and hickory. Very good quality orange liqueur; grab some Tequila and mix up some Margaritas.
O’Reilly’s Peanut Butter Country Cream Liqueur
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden green color. Aromas and flavors of nutella and marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, saltine crackers, and vanilla cream with a creamy, moderately sweet full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of peanut butter nougat, honey, and hazel nut. Peanut butter marshmallow sandwich shots or frozen cocktails all day.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Carolans Cold Brew Cream Liqueur
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden green color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, cherry cheesecake, hazelnut, and banana taffy with a creamy, sweet full body and a medium finish with suggestions of strawberry chocolate full fat milk in your coffee, stall nestle crunch bar, toasted marshmallow, and peach cobbler. A tasty but dangerous addition to your morning coffee.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Carolans Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden green color. Aromas and flavors of sugar cookie dough, artificial strawberry rhubarb, vanilla almond milk, hazelnut, and crispy cream doughnut under a heat lamp with a creamy, sweet full body and a medium finish with notes of hazelnut and mocha, golden toasted marshmallow skin, coconut, and almond milk. This Liqueur is nutty and rich with notes of coconut and coffee cake.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Irish Mist Honey Liqueur
85 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark honey and fresh butter on toasted multigrain bread, artificial florals, baby powder, and brie/ soft white cheese with a syrupy, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a medium finish with notes of mead with residual sugar, toasted oats, candied blood orange, and fruit cake. This liqueur would add to any cocktail that calls for a honey syrup.
Senior & Co. Genuine Curaçao Fruit Liqueur
85 points
$36
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, green apple, unripened pear, grapefruit, generic tropical citrus, and banana with a glycerous, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of orange and lemon zest, candied citrus, and mint leaf. Add it to cocktails in place of simple syrup to jazz up your daily post-work drink.
Viss Ballet Blue Blueberry Flavored Fruit Liqueur
85 points
$40
Cobalt blue color. Aromas and flavors of blue raspberry laffy taffy, citrus, and watermelon jolly rancher with a glycerous, shy, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-length finish with notes of blue raspberry, country time pink lemonade, and melted gummy worms. A pretty solid fruit liqueur that isn’t a sugar bomb.
Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur
84 points
$14
Golden green color. Aromas and flavors of nestle quik, vanilla heavy whipping cream, raspberry nougat, and cream cheese with a creamy, shy, fruity sweet full body and a captivating, long finish that shows notes of fruity pebbles with a little bit of cocoa pebbles in heavy whipping cream, black walnut, and milky way candy bar. Dense and delicious, this is a breakfast shake in your glass.
Middle West Small Batch Bourbon Cream Liqueur
83 points
$24
Straw color. Aromas of old warm milk, sticky curdled fat, yogurt, and white out with a creamy, light body and a short vanilla milk, cream, and mild burning and acrid on the finish. A very creamy, white chocolate-heavy liqueur to mix with.
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