Velvet Falernum is a low alcohol and lightly sweet triple sec style liqueur. Produced in Barbados the liqueur is flavoured with aromatic clove, almonds and fresh live. The sugar cane based is wonderfully sweet and helps the other flavours blend beautifully – the unique part of this flavour is definitely delivered by the lime and sugar combination which zings and the botanical warmth of the cloves adds a further dimension to the drink.
A drink used to life in Jamaican Country Clubs, Tia Maria marries sweet cane sugar with intense coffee to create an enticing and tantalising coffee liqueur that has become world renowned. There’s a bitter burnt edge to its flavour which mellows as you drink, with dark chocolate notes marrying sweetly with the intense coffee hit. Warm spices and hints at pepper give the drink a deeper intensity and its low ABV makes it a wonderful aperitif, perfect for deepening the flavour of your after dinner coffee or simply over ice as an evening treat.
Based on a recipe that dates back to the 15th century, Tuaca is a brandy-based liqueur which brings together a number of brandies, a secret blend of fruits and spices and just a little sugar to blend it all together in harmony. On the nose is a spicy citrus tang which entices you to drink and when you do you’ll enjoy a surprisingly light and oily mouthfeel, sweet with a little dry spiciness and cinnamon, nutmeg and bitter orange leading the taste profile. It settles into a mellower, sweeter warmth, just the ticket after a filling meal.
Recognisable from its red and yellow bottle and a Christmas favourite, there’s nothing to say you can’t enjoy Warninks Advocaat throughout the year. Just four ingredients deliver the unique and popular flavour: brandy, vanilla, sugar and egg yolks. The flavour is rich like vanilla custard and thick and syrupy in texture, with that bite of brandy providing a warm and satisfying kick. Essential for your festive snowball but enjoyable at any time of the year.
Xante is an unusual liqueur, the ingredients and even a full description of the flavour of which are kept under wraps by its makers. A truly mysterious liqueur with hints of pear as well as liquorice and intense cognac notes. The ripeness of the pears is apparent from the first sip and this combines beautifully with the fine cognac notes and delivers a flavour which is enjoyably sweet but with that refreshing pear tang present throughout.
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Originally made by the French Carthusian monks, Yellow Chartreuse is an aromatic and botanical-led liqueur with a distinctive and herbal taste. 130 hand selected herbs are combined to create the exceptional flavour of Yellow Chartreuse and the liqueur is then aged in oak barrels to create a distinctive woody flavour. Honey is added to create a sweeter flavour and its lower proof and lighter on the palate when compared to its green compatriot. Wonderful before or after dinner.
Kummel takes its name from German and Dutch derivations for cumin and caraway seed, which, alongside fennel, are used to flavour this colourless liqueur.
Palate: Fennel and liquorish dominate the palate.
Finish: The finish is refreshing with clean anise notes.
Overall: A clean, anise-led, liqueur best-served chilled.
A triple sec from Combier, who claim that Jean-Baptiste Combier invented the orange liqueur sometime between 1834 and 1848 at their distillery in Saumur. Debated though that is, this is one of the originals, with a a bright citrus flavour.
Created in 1860, while Jean-Baptiste Combier was in prison, this blend of Original Combier, Elixir Combier and VSOP cognac, along with a variety of herbs and spices, is packed full of orange and spice. Great on its own or in cocktails when you need a bit more spice than a triple sec can deliver.
Anis del Mono is a sweet and enticing aniseed liqueur which has a vibrant abundance of spice added into the mix. Pop it over ice or serve it neat and you can be sure you’ll enjoy it. You could even use it as a cocktail ingredient or enjoy it alongside coffee. Traditionally Anis del Mono is a digestif but once you’ve bought your bottle you can enjoy it whenever you like. An alternative to ouzo.
RinQuinQuin à la Pêche is made using three different types of peach - Cardinale, Coronet and Junegold. As if this wasn't enough peach for you, they also used the leaves from peach trees, harvests just before autumn. The leaves and peaches are all macerated separately in alcohol and white wine. Afterwards, the liquid is added to the white wine, while the solids left over are distilled and added to the mix.
Perfect for a summer aperitif, RinQuinQuin à la Pêche goes well with tonic water or served long and over ice.
The term RinQuinQuin was originally a generic word. In the Provencal language it means invigorating drink (from the verb requinquilhar : to cheer up).
The true taste of Italian coffee is perfectly instilled in this Caffe Borgetti liqueur. Strong rich espresso coffee comes through on the palate and a sweet and smooth taste ensures it goes down wonderfully. A traditional recipe which uses premium coffees and expert mixers ensures that the original recipe of Ugo Borghetti is replicated every time, ensuring that classic flavour is perennially enjoyed and the glass you sip today is as close to possible as the first invented in 1860.
A classic Danish liqueur Kummel Wolfschmidt is a refreshing and sweet smelling drink which is packed full of flavour. Syrupy in the mouth, each sip of Wolfschmidt is full-bodied and fiery, with pronounced notes of caraway, aniseed and hints of citrus and fresh peppermint. The heat gives way to a sugary sweetness which is very welcome and blends wonderfully with the deeper, spicier notes. Caraway and aniseed linger on considerably after drinking.
Elixir Combier is one of the old classics, including the flavours of myrrh, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s based on a recipe from the 19th century. The flavours are hidden in straw yellow liquid and it’s only when you open the bottle you enjoy a hit of pungent lemon zest, orange rind and a little genepi. Saffron comes through too alongside sweet mandarins and vanilla adds a richness which is welcome against the pepperiness of the alcohol.
Marie Brizard's Anisette Liqueur. The company was founded in 1755 and their anisette de Bordeaux is still made to an unchanged secret recipe today. Eleven plants and spices are used to combine with green anise from the Mediterranean.
Parfait Amour translates to 'a perfect love' in French. It is a purple liqueur that has complex flavours and freshness of flowers, especially violet and orange. It should be drunk with Champagne or Sparkling wine and accompanies a range of cocktails.