Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — AustriaTasted August 8, 2020A really perfect pairing of strong piney taste and herbal sweetness. Not too syrupy, and not too boozy. Would go well with gin drinks, but I mostly just sip it straight.
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — FranceTasted August 2, 2020One of my favorite liqueurs. Tastes like honey with a ton of holiday spices and a cinnamon flavor that lingers. The heat is just right and does not taste too boozy. This is pleasant to sip on, but my favorite way to use it is with old Tom gin and dry vermouth in a Ford or with rye whiskey, cognac, and sweet vermouth in a vieux carre.
Triple Sec/Curaçao — FranceTasted July 31, 2020A poor quality triple sec can ruin your margarita or mixed drink of choice. Cointreau is definitely a keeper. Certainly sweet, but has a bitter orange peel quality to the flavor too that gives a more rounded and balanced citrus note to your drink.
Di Amore Amaretto
Nut Liqueurs — USATasted July 30, 2020Good for a bargain amaretto. We use it less for cocktails and more for baking. Has a strong almond and cherry flavor but a bit too syrupy for me.
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Floral Liqueurs — FranceTasted July 30, 2020Very sweet, but not saccharine. Has a strong floral nose, with a taste of sweet grapes and lychee. One could sip it straight, but I much prefer it in a Clara Bow with bourbon, mint, lemon, and grenadine. Delicious!
Boodles British London Dry Gin (45.2%)
London Dry Gin — EnglandTasted July 29, 2020Clean tasting and juniper-forward, with a fair amount of lingering alcohol burn. Not offensive at all. A solid London dry gin that I bought on sale, but ultimately will probably be forgotten when compared to the other standards of the London dry scene.
Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower
Fruit Liqueurs — EnglandTasted July 29, 2020Picked this up because I am a big fan of Pimm’s No. 1, but was very disappointed with this. Overwhelmingly blackberry forward, like drinking blackberry juice from concentrate. Does have an elderflower aftertaste, but it’s subtle. Tried mixing with American-style lemonade, lemon sparkling water, and club soda, but the blackberry flavor is just too cloying. Only thing that halfway worked was mixing with tonic water. Will not buy again.
Chartreuse Green Liqueur
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — FranceTasted July 28, 2020An incredibly sippable and tasty herbal liquor. Drink it by itself, in a gin martini, or in an old school bijou. Pricey, but well worth it. Those French monks know what they are doing.
Amaro — Lombardia, ItalyTasted July 28, 2020Nice mix of bitter herbs and menthol. My favorite way to use it is with gin and green chartreuse.
Oregon Spirit, Absinthe Original
Absinthe — Bend, Oregon, USA, USATasted July 27, 2020Bought a 50 mL bottle to try. Very spice and alcohol forward. Smacks you in the lips and tongue. Taste of cloves lingers for a while. Made an OK Sazerac, too, but not worth the price point for me.