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Posts from the ‘Liqueurs’ Category


Review: Luxardo Limoncello

Luxardo Limoncello was first advertised in 1905.  A new formula with 25% more fresh lemon juice and essential oils from the peel of Sicilian lemons was released May 2010.  Luxardo currently produces several spirits including Maraschino Liqueur, Sambuca, Amaretto, and Grappa.  Girolamo Luxardo built the first Luxardo distillery in 1821 to produce Maraschino Liqueur.  Today the sixth generation of the family is still active in the company. Read more »


Review: Marble Gingercello Reserve

Marble Gingercello Reserve is one of four spirits currently produced at the Marble Distilling Co.  A whiskey and bourbon are currently aging and will be available soon.  The distillery is a family and friends owned business that includes a tasting room that features a marble bar, cut from two 9000 lb. blocks mined from the Yule quarry in nearby Marble Colorado.  The bar back is made from bricks, from the historic stable originally built on this land.  The distillery also has the worlds only inn housed within a working distillery.  With a background in the pharmaceutical business, co-founder and head distiller Connie Baker attending distillery school at The Dry Fly Institute in Spokane Washington.  Yes she transitioned from drugs to liquor.  What’s next firearms?  After graduating January 2011, she worked with her husband Carey to build the worlds only zero waste artisan distillery, on land she and friend Michelle Marlow had purchased as a long term investment.  The distillery opened June 2015.  The equipment used to craft their spirits is 100% American made.  Marble Gingercello Reserve is made from a 60% ABV corn distillate.  This spirit is redistilling in a 250 gallon Vendome copper pot still with vapor transferring through a botanical basket filled with fresh cut Brazilian ginger.  There is macerated ginger in the belly of the still as well.  The now 80% ABV ginger infused vodka rests for several weeks with lemons zested by hand.  A light simple syrup made from beet sugar grown in Wyoming is blended with the ginger lemon vodka.  The spirit is then rested in bourbon barrels once used to age Colorado Straight Bourbon at the Peach Street Distillers in nearby Palisade Colorado. Read more »


Review: Marble Moonlight Expresso

Marble Moonlight Expresso is crafted at the Marble Distillery in Carbondale Colorado.  Did I mention this is also home to The Distillery Inn?  The Distillery Inn is the worlds only inn housed within a working distillery.  Opened in 2015 the distillery is the result of three couples shared interest of craft distilling, and sustainable business.  This is the first distillery in the US to recycle 100% of process water, and capture and reuse the energy from the distilling process.  Moonlight Expresso is made from a 60% ABV corn based distillate and is re-distilled in Hazel, their 250 gallon Vendome copper pot still.  Vapor is transferred through a botanical basket filled with whole coffee beans and Ugandan vanilla beans.  This results in a 82 ABV coffee infused vodka.  Locally roasted coffee is cold brewed in a mash tun for a minimum of 18 hours, heated and mixed with pure cane sugar to create a coffee based simple syrup which is then combined with the coffee/vanilla infused vodka.  The Marble Distillery works with Bonfire Coffee Company located just down the road from the distillery.  They have a roasting division and roast the Guatemalan beans used to craft Marble Moonlight Expresso. Read more »


Review: Ke Ke Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur

Ke Ke Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur was introduced several years ago and was called Ke Ke Beach Key Lime Liqueur at launch.  At that time it was produced at 30 proof and came in a white bottle.  The name has changed, and the packaging has changed.  It is bottled in Weston Missouri at the McCormick Distillery.  This is the sale distillery that produces 360 Vodka.  No ingredient list or product information is available on their website or bottle.  I’m a big fan of key lime pie and I would have liked to see an ingredient list that included fresh dairy cream, and key lime juice.  If those were the actual ingredients in Ke Ke, I think they would have been listed. Read more »


Review: Marble Gingercello

Marble Gingercello was introduced in 2015 along with Marble Vodka 80, and Moonlight EXpresso.  They have since added Gingercello Reserve, a barrel aged Gingercello.  Bourbon and whiskey are currently aging at the distillery, and will be released in 2017.  Each of these spirits is hand crafted at the Marble Distilling Company in Carbondale Colorado, about 30 minutes from Aspen.  The distillery takes its name from Marble Colorado.  The marble used to make the columns for the Lincoln Memorial, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier comes from Marble Colorado.  In crafting Gingercello, Head Distiller Connie Baker starts with a 60% ABV corn distillate.  She redistills this in a 250 gallon Vendome Copper Pot still with vapor transferring through a botanical basket filled with fresh cut Brazilian ginger.  There is macerated ginger in the belly of the still as well.  The now 80 % ABV ginger infused vodka is left to rest for several weeks with lemons zested by hand to ensure only the sweetest part of the lemon is utilized.  A light simple syrup made from beet sugar grown in Wyoming, is blended with the ginger lemon vodka, before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Travis Hasse Cow Pie Liqueur

Travis Hasse Cow Pie Liqueur was released September 2012.  It joined their previously released Apple Pie and Cherry Pie Liqueurs.  All three are made by the Travis Hasse Distillery in Waunekee Wisconsin.  At launch Cow Pie was made with neutral grain spirits.  Today TH Cow Pie Liqueur is made with Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla, Wisconsin Dairy Cream and Rum.  It is bottled at 30 proof. Read more »


Review: Evangelines Pralines and Cream Liqueur

Evangelines Pralines and Cream Liqueur is Sazerac Co. take on a very southern treat.  They also produce a Praline Liqueur.  I don’t think this product is brand new but almost no information is available.  Pecans have become increasingly popular in flavored spirits, including several whiskeys and a couple of vodkas.  While there have also been a couple of pecan pie flavored spirits, Evangelines Praline Pecan Liqueur is the only other praline flavored spirit I’m aware of. Read more »


Review: Dolce Cilento Crema Di Meloncello

dolce-cilento-crema-di-meloncello-copyDolce Cilento Crema Di Meloncello is one of six liqueurs crafted in the Campania region of Southern Italy near Salerno under the Dolce Cilento label.  Their other liqueurs include Crema di Nocciole (hazelnut cream), Crema di Pistacchio, Meloncello, Limoncello, and Watermeloncello.  Crema di Meloncello is made with organic cantaloupe melon processed within a few hours of being harvested, cream, and grain spirits.  Natural and artificial flavors and certified color are blended before bottling at 34 proof. Read more »


Review: Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur

Dorda Double Chocolate - CopyDorda Double Chocolate Liqueur was introduced January 2013.  It is named for the Dorda Family who acquired the distillery in 2003.  Dorda is made from Poland’s finest chocolate and Chopin Rye Vodka.  Chopin Rye is one of three unflavored vodka’s they craft with ingredients sourced from within 25 miles of the distillery.  The other vodka’s include Chopin Potato, and Chopin Wheat. Read more »


Review: Jackson Morgan Peaches and Cream Southern Cream

Jackson Morgan Peaches and Cream Southern Cream - CopyJackson Morgan Peaches and Cream Southern Cream is one of six whiskey cream liqueurs created by Spirits of Tennessee.  Jackson Morgan is named after Jackson and Morgan Wetherington whose great grandfather made whiskey illegally during prohibition.  It is crafted with the finest Tennessee whiskey, grain neutral spirits, fresh dairy cream sourced from upstate New York Creamy Creations, and natural flavors. Read more »