Grand Marnier is a blend of cognacs with the essences of bitter orange first introduced in 1880 and continues to be a dominant liqueur in the industry. When it comes down to comparing orange liqueurs, Grand Marnier has to participate but, we believe, it won’t take home first prize when you set your expectations on the “orange” of the orange liqueur.
The “Golden Orange of Curaçao,” also known as the Valencia orange isn’t known as a very delightfully delicious fruit. While it flourished in California and eventually became the root crop behind the company Sunkist, the Curaçao Island did something much different to the fruit.
Patrón calls it the only natural orange liqueur product in Mexico with no artificial flavors or colors. They say it’s excellent straight or in a cocktail like the Margarita. How do we feel it tastes? Actually, not so bad! You’ll find Patrón Citronge running about 40% ABV, pretty potent stuff.
Founded in 1889, Maker’s Mark is a small-batch bourbon whiskey distilled in Loretto Kentucky. The Maker’s Mark brand is a fairly well marketed branding which may give new consumers pause, many big market brands spend more money on marketing than product taste. Maker’s Mark, however, breaks the mold by creating a cost effective tasting experience.
Since 1870 it has been known by several names, including most notably, the George T. Stagg Distillery and O.F.C. Distillery. Approximately 30-35 barrels of aged whiskey are selected from the middle floors of Warehouses C, I and K. Samples from these barrels are reviewed by the distillery’s tasting panel. If any one taster rejects a sample, the barrel it represents will not be used for Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Woodford Reserve would be a great steal had it been about USD $7.00 cheaper. Smooth with hints of oak and a clean finish, but a bit high on cost.
Smooth with great viscosity and a full-bodied flavor with potent alcohols. A bit costly considering the main direction seems to be potent alcohols.
Cruzan Rum is produced in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Their distillery was founded in 1760 and claims the distinction of “the most honored rum distillery in the world.” What does this buy you in terms of a coconut rum? Let’s break down the numbers and find out. We’re talking about a rum that’s 27.5% [...]
In 1865, Don Juan Serrallés produced his very first cask of aged rum using a copper still he imported from France and some American oak barrels. The high standard created by Don Juan Serrallés have been used to create the Don Q Puerto Rican rum brand. The Don Q Coco puerto rican rum rings in [...]
Malibu is a coconut rum made with natural coconut extract by the French company Pernod Ricard. They’re product is made in barbados and is 21% ABV here in the United States (that’s 42-Proof). Nose: Light on smell, almost giving off the aroma of a standard light rum. Taste: Silky smooth texture, subtle and light on [...]