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. The climate differences, soil condition and the abandonment of the fruit to grow wild left a inedible product with bitter tastes–not even the local goats would eat it. “It was not till decades later (the exact date is lost in history) that someone discovered that the peels of this orange, thoroughly dried by the sun, contained an etheric oil with an extraordinary pleasing fragrance” (curacaoliqueur.com)
Since 1896, Senior Curaçao of Curaçao has found a use for these inedible fruits, and we’re loving every minute of it at 31% ABV.
Smell: Juicy orange smells, very much a beautiful sweetness with slight zesty attributes and no real alcohol smell.
Taste: Elegantly sweet with a smooth coating that coats the sweetness across your palate without attacking with a fake-candy like experience. This is a sweet spirit without overly fake sweetness–just the right amount of all attributes.
Cost: At the cost of USD $26.99, this is an orange liqueur that cannot be passed by if you find it on the shelf. The most difficult problem may be finding it at the local store. You can definitely pick this up online if your State allows you to ship alcohol to the home.
- Smell: 5.0 / 5.0
- Taste: 4.5 / 5.0
- Cost: 5.0 / 5.0
- End Score: 4.8 / 5.0
Summary: This may be our highest scoring spirit in any category of tasting. Having tasted a few fine orange liqueurs across many different costs, Senior Curaçao of Curaçao does something no other Curaçao has done: brings authenticity and orange flavor without the artificial sweetness found in the cheap products. This product does everything its expected to do without going outside its specialization. A great cost, great taste and great nose all in a single spirit which makes this a must buy orange liqueur. You can find a clear, blue and orange version of this spirit, we suggesting buying them all. You’ll never want a USD $9 triple sec again.