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Reviews for 2023

September 2023 - Liqueurs

September 2023 - Liqueurs
This month's Spirits feature is Liqueurs

Liqueurs Reviews

Bepi Tosolini Amaro Liqueur
95 points
$32
Savory, earthy, vegetal, and complexly delicious; this is excellent night cap material.
Pairidaeza Creme De Banane Fruit Liqueur
95 points
$37
Repping every form of roasted, baked, and caramelized banana; a fascinating and scrumptious dessert drink.
Absinthia Absinthe Superieure Verte
95 points
$45
A new school take on Absinthe that is some of what you expect, yet pleasantly surprises with notes of seeds and grains plus a bit of peppery baking spices mixed in to highlight the anise; a true delight.
Awards: 2023 Best Absinthe
Ole Smoky Banana Pudding Cream Moonshine
94 points
$23
Best Buy
A boozy Bananas Foster with some banana bread pudding topped with vanilla frosting and pralines; skip the ice cream or banana pastry and have this for brunch or dessert or both.
94 points $23 Best Buy
Averna Amaro Siciliano Liqueur
94 points
$32
An absolutely lovely marriage of a little bit bitter, a bit sweet; the higher sugar and approachable flavors of vanilla, orange, chocolate, and mint make this more approachable for people starting their Amaro journey.
Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur
94 points
$32
With a harmonious balance of sweet fruit and bright acidity, this liqueur would make an excellent addition to a Daiquiri — frozen or shaken.
Del Professore Vermouth Sweet
94 points
$33
Excellent balance of sweet and bitter with some vibrant fruit and floral notes; the pronounced orange note just screams to be used in a Negroni.
Grande Absente Absinthe Originale
94 points
$69
Holds the ABV very well and perfectly executes the flavor profile; a benchmark Absinthe for the back bar.
Pennsylvania Dutch Peppermint Bark Cream Liqueur
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Smooth and minty and still refreshing despite the weighty mouth feel of the cream; this would make a killer spiked hot cocoa, so pour it in some warm chocolate and chill out by the fire you just chopped some logs for.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Strawberries & Cream Liqueur
93 points
$16
Best Buy
A melted and mildly boozy strawberry milkshake that scratches that itch just right.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Drillaud Crème De Framboise Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Would adore this in a Clover Club or other cocktail modifications but this is so tasty that you can sip it after dinner on its own or use it to top a dessert.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Merlet Crème De Pêche de Vigne Liqueur
93 points
$27
Concentrated and decadent peach syrup that is delicious and incredibly well executed.
Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur
93 points
$29
Lovely sweet chocolate aromas on the nose and palate with just enough mild bitterness and earthiness to keep it all in balance.
BARENJAGER Honey Liqueur
93 points
$30
Smells and tastes incredibly natural and is just saturated with honey; exactly what it is, honey.
Eis Minze Peppermint Schnapps
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Holds the ABV very well and balances rich peppermint flavor without becomingly cloyingly sweet; minty fresh.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
92 points
$16
Best Buy
A butterscotch, white chocolate, and salted caramel marvel.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Sweet, creamy buttered popcorn spiked with Milk Duds for movie night; yes please.
92 points $16 Best Buy
A. De Fussigny Orange Cognac Liqueur
92 points
$29
There is a delightful interplay of orange zest and a subtle nuttiness of the Cognac that expresses itself like black tea.
Nixta Licor De Elote
92 points
$29
It compels you to sip more; if a huitlacoche x elote ice cream collab doesn't exist, it should.
Merlet Chevessac Blanc
92 points
$34
The perfect combination of wine and Cognac to enjoy on a warm September day as the leaves are just starting to change color.
Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur
92 points
$35
How did they fit a whole pecan pie into a single shot? Never mind, don't care, it's delicious.
Sorel Artisanal Liqueur
92 points
$35
Would make a good substitute for a mulled wine on its own, or add to your preferred base wine or spirit of choice for a fun, warm holiday cocktail.
Liquore Strega Special Liqueur
92 points
$39
A curiously delicious Pastis; would make a fantastic Sazerac if you want to bump up the Absinthe-y qualities without overpowering your drink.
Absente Absinthe
92 points
$44
Unmistakably Absinthe but a bit sweeter, more floral, and more delicate than other versions.
Sheelin White Chocolate Cream Liqueur
91 points
$10
Best Buy
If you believe that white cake exists solely so that vanilla frosting can shine, rejoice.
91 points $10 Best Buy
REGENCY Amaretto Da Vinci Liqueur
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Like drinking a delicious almond cookie; a truly tasty Amaretto.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Caruva Horchata Cream Liqueur
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Rich and sweet yet approachable; intensely creamy with waves of vanilla and nice cinnamon flavor in the background.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Ramazzotti Sambuca Liqueur
91 points
$24
Best Buy
A sweet and approachable after dinner drink for lovers of anise; true to what it's supposed to be.
91 points $24 Best Buy
Saliza Amaretto Veneziano
91 points
$32
Incredibly tasty almond with just a hint of spice and bitterness to balance the sweetness.
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Liqueur
91 points
$39
A go to modifier in cocktails, this is also a worthwhile stand alone sipper that really comes into its own on the palate.
Merlet Crème De Melon Charentais Liqueur
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Boldly fruity and almost tropical with waves of sweetness; this should be fun to add into some Tiki cocktails.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Rinquinquin Peach Wine Specialty Aperitif
90 points
$16
Best Buy
A pleasing sipper that will shine in a spritz over ice; pair with a light salad.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Drillaud Elderflower Liqueur
90 points
$19
Best Buy
Interesting and complex as this is not just the floral and sweet elderflower Liqueur one expects, but seems to use the whole plant and include a unique herbaceous quality.
90 points $19 Best Buy
Merlet Crème De Cassis de Saintonge Liqueur
90 points
$27
A pleasing array of sweet red and blackberries for dessert or a wonder in cocktail applications.
Mozart White Chocolate Cream Liqueur
90 points
$29
Whipped butter cream Liqueur that belongs as a pairing with your next cinnamon roll.
Sheelin Irish Cream Liqueur
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Rich, sweet, and creamy; almost like drinking butter cream frosting with a whisper of Whiskey.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Makaio Coffee Liqueur
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Really rich, dark roasted flavors with plenty of sweetness on the palate.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur
89 points
$29
Chocolate goodness that would be stellar in a boozy milkshake.
Pairidaeza Creme De Cacao Chocolate Liqueur
89 points
$39
Chocolate with a touch of mint and flowers; interesting depth and complexity of flavors.
Pennsylvania Dutch Peaches & Cream Liqueur
88 points
$16
Best Buy
Candied peach puree and vanilla ice cream make this an absolute winner as a summer dessert sipper.
88 points $16 Best Buy
Kikisi Coffee Liqueur
88 points
$18
Best Buy
Coffee leads on the nose and palate but the added complexity comes from a sweet mole sauce quality that is quite nice.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Ramazzotti Rosato Aperitivo
88 points
$22
Nice floral notes mingle with tropical red fruits; this will be lovely with a light spritz on a beach somewhere.
Merlet Lune DAbricot Flavored Brandy Liqueur
88 points
$29
Sweet, fruity, and fun for some; mix in signature cocktails.
Taste The Season Gingerbread Cream Liqueur
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Soft and Christmas-y; this would really set off a nog something fierce.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Ramazzotti Bitter Amaro
87 points
$28
Belgian chocolate covered oranges made into liquid form.
Merlet Trois Citrus Liqueur
87 points
$29
A clean, vibrant, and flavorful orange and citrus Liqueur to use in all classic cocktail permutations.
Fassbind Vieux Kirsch Cherry Liqueur
87 points
$90
Dangerously sweet and approachable for 80 Proof with vibrant and delightful fruit that keeps you coming back for another sip.
Liquid Gold 2023 Kiwi Fruit Liqueur
86 points
$65
The dried apricot and honeysuckle notes will mix nicely in complex cocktails.
Barbayanni Ouzo
85 points
$19
Like drinking an anise shortbread cookie.
Lina’s Crema Di Limoncello Liqueur
85 points
$19
A nice treat after a big Italian meal.
Pairidaeza Creme De Violette Liqueur
85 points
$36
Use as a beautiful modifier in cocktails, but a little goes a long way.
Amarguinha Creamy Almond Liqueur
84 points
$17
Cherry and almond in a very creamy base.
Merlet C² Café Liqueur
84 points
$34
There's a savory and fruity dynamic here layered on dark roast coffee; quite intriguing.
Bardenay Cassis Fruit Liqueur
83 points
$19
A savory currant menagerie.
Nite Owl Coffee Liqueur
80 points
$20
An herbal example of a coffee Liqueur.
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