Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Tuesday Tasting: Three Cream Liqueurs
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we try three cream liqueurs.
For a feature coming up in the next issue of DRAFT magazine I tasted a variety of "free spirits" -- drinks that might not be on your list of standard day-in-day out beverages. Everything from commercial moonshine to an aperitif made using artichokes as the base ingredient. While some of the spirits sampled can only be described as "strange," there were a number of unique hits. Three cream liqueurs registered especially please notes.
Café Boheme: This 32 proof French liqueur uses a vodka base. It pours a latte color with plenty of dark rich coffee flavor, vanilla cream and hazelnut. Perfect to pass around the table after a special meal.
Castries Peanut Rum Crème: Direct from St. Lucia, this 32 proof liqueur comes in a fun shaped bottle. Peanut nose and an adult Nutty Buddie flavor. Creamy and smooth. A nice drink or perfect for a parfait.
Amarula Marula Fruit Cream: From South Africa, this tan cream liqueur is 34 proof. There is a hint of milk chocolate and caramel, with bits of nut and citrus in a rewarding flavor profile. Part of the depth of this drink comes from the fact that the spirit is aged for two years in oak barrels before it is mixed with the cream.