Top Shelf Liqueur Picks From The Distiller Community

These liqueurs were the Distiller community's favorite top shelf picks last week.
Mar 09, 2020
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    10 Mister Katz's Rock & Rye
    87
    Sweet & Rich
    Rock & Rye was a popular concoction in American bars in the late 19th and early 20th century, masking what was often cheap rye with rock candy and sometimes citrus peels and ginger. In this updated iteration from NY Distilling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Mister Katz (Master Distiller Allen Katz) takes a younger version of their Ragtime Rye and mixes it with rock candy made with sugar from the local In the Raw sugar factory and an infusion of botanicals such as dried orange peel, dried Bing cherry, cinnamon, and other spices.
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    9 Reilly's Rock & Rye Ginger Whiskey
    84
    Sweet & Rich
    Ginger was considered a powerful curative in the early 1900s, and was commonly found mixed with rye whiskey and sweetened with rock candy for a concoction found at many bars called "Rock and Rye." Post Prohibition it was relegated to a dusty jar kept behind the bar for old timers, but has recently found a resurgence. Reilly's selected the rye whiskey (mash bill 51% rye, 45% corn, 4% malted barley) with Master Blender Dave Pickerell and infused it with ginger and spices for this updated interpretation.
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    8 Hochstadter's Slow & Low 100 Proof Rock & Rye
    85
    Rich & Sweet
    Cooper Spirits follows up their initial Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye, bottled at 84 proof, with this 100 proof edition. While the same flavorings are included, rock candy, raw honey, bitters, and air dried navel oranges, apart from the higher proof another change is in the form of an older whiskey. Here, it's an 8-year-old rye whiskey, sourced from an unspecified location.
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    7 Jim Beam Honey
    58
    Sweet & Rich
    Jim Beam Honey is made with real honey and natural flavors. It is infused with Kentucky straight bourbon. Bottled at 70 proof.
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    6 Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire
    82
    Sweet & Rich
    Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire was released countrywide in March 2015 after a brief three state limited release. It is made from a blend of Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and Jack's original cinnamon liqueur.
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    5 Drambuie
    95
    Herbal & Sweet
    An essential ingredient in a handful of classic cocktail, including the Rusty Nail, Drambuie -- a Scotch whisky liqueur -- is flavored with spices, herbs and heather honey. The company dates its origins to the mid-1700s, when it was supposedly created for Bonnie Prince Charlie by his Royal Apothecary. In 2014, William Grant & Sons acquired the brand, which is still blended in Glasgow, Scotland. Its name is derived from the Scots Gaelic term ‘An Dram Buidheach,’ meaning “The Drink that Satisfies.”
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    4 Disaronno
    85
    Nutty & Sweet
    Disaronno is an amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur) with a recipe, the brand claims, that dates back to 1525. It was first commercially produced and marketed by the Reina family in the early 20th century in Saronna, just outside of Milano. Originally called Amaretto di Saronno, the iconic square bottle first arrived in 1942. In 2001, the brand dropped Amaretto from its name and is now simply called Disaronno.
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    3 Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
    92
    Sweet & Fruity
    Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur is a clear cherry liqueur made from Sour Marasca cherries which are cultivated exclusively by the Luxardo family in the orchards of the Euganean Hills in Veneto. The cherries including the stones, branches and leaves are placed in larchwood vats for two years to infuse with neutral alcohol. Then the infusion including the solids is distilled and the heart of the cherry distillate is aged in large Finnish ash wood vats for a 12-18 months. Water and sugar is added prior to bottling at 64 proof.
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    2 Chambord Liqueur
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Chambord Liqueur is a black raspberry liqueur. It is made from an infusion of raspberries and blackberries in neutral alcohol. Other ingredients include Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey, and cognac which the master blender balances all together to create a concentrate. Sugar, neutral alcohol, and water are added after filtering. Although this French liqueur is based on a recipe from the late 17th century, it wasn't released commercially until 1981. Bottled at 16.5% ABV.
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    1 Cointreau
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Cointreau is a clear, orange flavored liqueur developed in 1875 by Édouard Cointreau, son of one of the co-founding brothers of the distillery. In 1885 it became the first registered brand of triple sec, although the brand dropped "triple sec" from its name in early 20th century. It is made with both bitter and sweet orange peels which are macerated in neutral alcohol and then distilled. The only other ingredients are sugar and water. Suitable for any recipe calling for triple sec.