Category Archives: Liqueurs

Sheep Dog, Peanut Butter, 35%, Liqueur

Walking the Fife Coastal Path – as you do – the auld foot blisters needed a rest.

Herself texted to say meet in the Wemyss Central Hotel.

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Who was I to refuse?

The others were already on the Guinness – I opted for Belhaven Best – but spotted an odd bottle on the spirits shelf.

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I’ve encountered Sheep Dip before – but not Sheep Dog!

A dram was ordered.

Turns out it’s a ‘liqueur blended with peanut butter flavour and whiskey’, bottled by Sazerac.

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Certainly nosed like peanut butter.

Rich, sweet & syrupy on the palate.

All rounded off by a warming embrace of whiskey.

Rather a bit too sugary sweet for my liking – but certainly an entertaining drink which raised my spirits after the long walk.

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Moore’s Irish Whiskey, 40% & Moore’s Irish Cream Liqueur, 17%

The growing sales & popularity of Irish Whiskey continues to attract new entrants into the category.

Lockdown Brands – you can guess when they were formed – recently released their Moore’s range of spirits.

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Launched without fanfare or fuss – I picked a miniature pack up in the excellent Celtic Whiskey Shop on my sojourn to Wetherspoons new Keavin’s Port Hotel in Dublin.

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Moore’s Irish Whiskey sports a proud stag on the label – with little else over and above the legal requirements.

There’s a sweet sherried depth to the nose, the usual caramel flavours & a bit of a spirity kick.

Smooth, honeyed & mouth coating, the palate gently hugs in an warming embrace.

An engaging dry tingling fades slowly away on the finish.

With ever more esoteric cask finishes & proclamations of provenance – the stripped back simplicity & no nonsense approach of Moore’s is refreshing.

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Mariah Carey dominates social media with her Black Irish liqueur – but Moore’s Irish Cream Liqueur faces no legal dispute – as far as I know – and is currently available to purchase in Ireland.

Rather than sporting a golden mermaid look, Moore’s is adorned with a humble grazing cow – the source of the Irish cream used.

In the glass Moore’s Irish Cream Liqueur has the appearance & consistency of rich full-fat milk about it.

Only on nosing & tasting does a whisper of whiskey make it’s presence felt over the rich creaminess & melted milk chocolate experience.

An Irish Wolfhound graces Moore’s Irish Gin – but never having acquired an appreciation of this juniper led category – I’ll leave it to others for appraisal.

Overall I’m somewhat attracted to the laid back & simple approach offered by Moore’s.

There’s a traditional appeal to the honeyed blend style of whiskey.

The brand also puts Co Laois on the spirits map.

Best wishes to Moore Drinks & Lockdown Brands in their new venture.

Drombeg Original, 22%, Liqueur

I’m slowly working my way through all the whiskeys available to buy in my local Dunnes store.

A bottle I’ve avoided up until now eventually made it into my basket.

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Drombeg Original.

It was one of West Cork Distillers first offerings – and is a mainstay on the whiskey shelves at Dunnes.

Despite looking like a whiskey – golden brown in colour – at only 22% – clearly isn’t.

There is no mention of whiskey on the label either – so perhaps ‘spirit drink’ or ‘liqueur’ would be a more apt descriptor.

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The nose is caramelly sweet – the label states added E150a – a bit of vanilla with a hint of woodiness too.

Initially watery – not a great deal going on  – a slight touch of heat towards the finish – some soft woody spice – but the sweetness dominates.

Rather empty.

The back label suggests a serving with ginger ale.

Probably a good idea.

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Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur, 17%

The closest way I can describe my experience of drinking Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur is by playing the following video;

If only the tag line had been miraculously transformed to.

Only the luxuriest indulgiest Irish Cream Liqueur

Tastes like Irish Cream Liqueur never tasted before.

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The Knot 100 Proof

Liqueurs.

A spirit based drink I normally associate with the festive season – especially the chocolate coated variety!

Whiskey based liqueurs come in 2 broad categories.

The cream loaded type such as Baileys, Coole Swan or the award winning Merrys White Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur.

Or the spiced variety such as Drambuie, Flaming Pig or this blog’s focus – The Knot.

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Packaged in a very attractively designed bottle with a marvelous mission statement and some straight talking advertising – The Knot is certainly appealing.

Falling somewhere between the rich honey thickness of Drambuie and the lovely warm Xmas spiciness of Flaming Pig – The Knot has a smooth rich caramel beginning followed through with some well balanced spice before the warming heat of the 100 proof whiskey makes it’s presence felt.

Made in Bailieborough – sold in Boston – it came into my hands via a contact in Belfast.

Sugar and spice and all things nice!

Just remember 100 proof is 50% ABV.

Don’t get tied up drinking The Knot!

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Liqueurs – or Whiskey for the non-whiskey drinker?

As the festive season is once again upon us – many folks often have a tipple at this time of year to celebrate.

Some may be regular whiskey drinkers and are looking for something a bit more Xmas – more spice perhaps?

Others may not be whiskey drinkers at all – but enjoy the sweet – (dare I say often sickly sweet) – creamy drinking experience offered by many liqueurs. The fact that the whiskey taste is often obscured by all the added ingredients is a bonus for many of these occasional drinkers – despite what we whiskey fans may think – and it is a crowded market.

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The lovely Drambuie c/o CelticWhiskeyShop

My own introduction into this genre of spirits was via the much lauded Drambuie. A full strength – 40% ABV – mix of Scottish whisky, herbs, spices and generous helpings of heather honey give this cloying drink a bit of a kick. A favourite of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s by all accounts – or at least the ingenious sales patter! My wife and I enjoyed a glass of this on cold winter evenings as a night cap – until her heartburn  intervened.

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Flaming Pig c/o Malones

Meanwhile – the lovely Flaming Pig – 33% ABV – from Dublin follows a similar theme using Irish whiskey, cinnamon, cloves and pepper – but leaves out the honey. This results in a pleasant whiskey nose – followed through by a profusion of warm spices on taste with a pleasing afterglow. I really enjoyed this liqueur and look forward to sipping a glass slumbering by the fire after a hearty Xmas dinner!

Cream based liqueurs are a popular buy at Christmas and the ubiquitous Bailey’s is undoubtedly  the top of the pile. My octogenarian mother certainly enjoys a bottle or two and the fact that the whiskey is totally obscured by the rich cream, cocoa and vanilla is the whole point for her. At 17% it’s not too strong – but easy enough to drink too many.

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Coole Swan

Over the years she has also enjoyed the lovely Coole Swan from Ireland – (which I first came across at the Athlone Agricultural Show of all places) – Merlyn Cream from the fine Penderyn Distillery in Wales as well as Edradour Cream from Scotland – just to do a tour of the British Isles!

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The Ruby Blue selection.

A new range of spirit based liqueurs have certainly gone down well with my better half – as well as her friends.  Ruby Blue – based in Antrim – produce a range of 4 colourful varieties – my wife’s current favourite being Wild Blueberry. It helps too that the passion and expertise of the owner at a stall in the Dublin Loop certainly captivated and won over the other half. There will be a bottle or two downed in our house over the next few weeks – mainly by the fairer sex I must say – not enough bite for myself.

So there you go. A brief tour of some tasty liqueurs that have found their way into the Whiskey Nut homestead.

I do hope this blog finds you in good health – the fine spirits are for you to choose.

Whatever you’re having this Christmas – just remember to drink responsibly – many of these liqueurs taste like boiled sweets but they still contain alcohol – and some very much so! Don’t let the occasional drinkers polish off the bottle as there may be sore heads the following morning!

Enjoy your tipple of choice.

Enjoy the companionship of friends and family.

Enjoy the festive season – whatever individual form that may take.

Many thanks to all my readers and followers.

See you all in 2016.

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