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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.


Jake said...

I am up for having a go at anything for the first time - however a glass of Baileys will take some beating.

The Corkdork said...

My heart sank when I saw this post. I'm so allergic to Peanuts that I can't even imagine drinking any mixed drink in a bar that uses Peanut cream liqueur. I would urge all bartenders to be very careful with this stuff or you can send someone like me to the hospital very fast. Corkdork