Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
Triple Sec/Curaçao — Cognac, France
Reviewed August 10, 2020 (edited January 11, 2021)
Tasting after a little nip of $5/L triple sec for perspective. Night-and-day: a vastly different product than the sweetened orange water (juice, not peel). Certainly this is a few bucks more, but serves a different function. Complex, rich, and tannic. Sweet syrup carries a dominant bitter orange flavor throughout, but builds into a pronounced snap of nearly-astringent oak and concentrated baking spice, then mellows again into vanilla orange nirvana. That crescendo would be a delicious cookie - toasted walnut, oatmeal, raisin, ginger, clove, and molasses. The sugar level is notable, by design, but does not dominate. A deeply flavorful product for complex cocktails or pairings. Honestly, I would not consider using this in a traditional, fresh, citrus-y blanco tequila margarita (my favorite). All the baking flavors and barrel notes are begging to be used in modest proportions (0.25-0.5 oz in a cocktail) and matched with aged spirits.
24.0 USD per Bottle