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The Fifty Best Liqueur Tasting 2019

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting with 14 members of the spirits judging panel and 8 liqueurs. The judges were informed of the flavors during the tasting, but not the brands. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the liqueurs were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water and neutral, unsalted chips and crackers were available to cleanse the palate.

The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded in this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The states/countries of origin are identified for each brand.

 



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Vicario Liqueurs Monk's Secret
(Vicario Wine & Spirits, SC)

Nose: 30 herbs, cumin, coriander, cardamom, coriander, spices, Indian restaurant, anise, fennel, absinthe, mint, lemon, citrus, peppers, olive oil, perfect blend of green & spice.

Palate: Tarragon, allspice, curry spices, cinnamon, clove, much herbs, my garden, fennel, mint, spearmint, eucalyptus, grassy, super lemon-y, honey, rich, luscious.

Finish: Clove, spice, herbs digestif, herbal grows, mint, menthol, chartreuse, well balanced, wonderfully clean, fresh, complex, super interesting, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Vicario Liqueurs Monk's Secret




Vicario Liqueurs Nocino Walnut
(Vicario Wine & Spirits, SC)

Nose: Walnut, strong walnut, hazelnut, nutty, walnut pie, wood fireplace, nutty woods, earthy.

Palate: Walnut, crushed walnuts, nice nuttiness, nutty, coffee, caramel, honey, dark plum, fig, sweet & spice, lite spice, mint, pepper, full flavor, greatly balanced, deep layers of mossy woody goodness, really good.

Finish: Nutty, moss, celery, complex, interesting, pleasant, great in a Manhattan.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Vicario Liqueurs Nocino Walnut




Griffo Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
(Griffo Distillery, CA)

Nose: Fresh coffee, perfect fresh brew, true black coffee, espresso, double espresso, fresh ground coffee, Columbian coffee bean, Guatemala coffee beans, fresh roasted beans, coffee ice cream, toffee.

Palate: Great black coffee, bold dark coffee, natural coffee flavor, fresh espresso, mocha, captures fresh ground flavor with vanilla, nice sweetness, touch of sweet, balanced, bold, clean, soft, smooth.

Finish: Espresso martini, fitting for coffee, great flavor throughout, smooth, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Griffo Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur




Vicario Liqueurs Dragoncello
(Vicario Wine & Spirits, SC)

Nose: Thyme, genepy, tarragon, herbs, herb garden, herb cabinet, lemon, mint, spearmint, spice, anise, absinthe, woody.

Palate: Fresh herbs, flavorful varied herbs, herbal, dried herbs, clove, basil, mint, anise, black licorice, lemon tea, citrus peel, peach, toffee, rich earth, develops rich flavors, good as a digestif, lovely, wow.

Finish: Thai basil, jasmine, lavender, menthol, anise, black jelly beans, complex end note of herbs and grass, clean, fresh, flavorful.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Vicario Liqueurs Dragoncello




GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Mohawk Spirits Strawberry Liqueur
(Mohawk Spirits Distillery, NY)

Nose: Strawberries, macerated fresh strawberries, fresh picked berries, sweet strawberries, squashed strawberry, mellow strawberry, fresh strawberry tart, black tea, wow.

Palate: Rich strawberry jam, strawberry preserves, caramelized strawberry jam, nice strawberry, tart strawberry, develops sweet strawberry, blackberry tart, creamy, vanilla, black tea, deliciously dry for a sweet fruit, smooth, delicate, elegant fruit, flavorful.

Finish: Stewed strawberries, jammy, lingering strawberry, strawberry custard, tart, fresh, pleasant, yummy.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Mohawk Spirits Strawberry Liqueur




Misceo Coffee Liqueur
(Misceo Liqueurs, NY)

Nose: Coffee, fresh coffee, sweet coffee, cold coffee, mocha, cola, carraway seed, delicate.

Palate: Sweet coffee, sweet black coffee, creamy coffee, mocha, sweet Frappuccino, thick, rich, surprising.

Finish: Sweet coffee, sweet black coffee, creamy coffee, mocha, sweet Frappuccino, thick, rich, surprising.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Misceo Coffee Liqueur




SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Golden Eight Pear Liqueur by Massenez
(Massenez Distillery, France)

Nose: Fresh pear, Anjou pear, poached ripe pear, ripe pear nectar, pear soup, spiced pear, candied pear, pear skin.

Palate: Ripe pear, sweet Anjou pears, creamy sweet pear, candied pear, pear ice cream, creamy, vanilla, honey, herbs, herbaceous notes, good & chewy, soft, smooth, delightful.

Finish: Nice pear, caramelized pear, light pear, vanilla, floral, not too sweet, complex, approachable, crazy good, yummy.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Golden Eight Pear Liqueur by Massenez




Five Saints Blood Orange Liqueur
(Five Saints Distilling, PA)

Nose: Natural blood orange, big orange, orange peel, strong orange zest, orange Kool-ade, orange soda, candied.

Palate: Bold orange, nice orange, sweet orange, tangerines, fresh fruit, orange groves, Crush orange soda, Creamsicle, light pith, full flavor throughout.

Finish: Naval orange, orange soda pop, orange popsicle, bitter pith, bitter sweet, lingering citrus, great.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Five Saints Blood Orange Liqueur

 

 

 

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