The Liqueur Masters 2018 results

Wednesday 7 November 2018 10:49am

This year's Liqueur Masters put the category through its paces as two panels of expert judges gathered at cocktail bar The Den at 100 Wardour Street in London's Soho for a day of blind tastings.

Lindsay's panel got off to a roaring start tasting the Herbal flight, with the first spirit securing a coveted Master medal: Joseph Cartron Violette.

Meanwhile, my panel was sipping its way through a selection of Fruit liqueurs, which also presented two Master medallists.

Seven Golds and four Silvers were also uncovered in this flight.

Lindsay's panel assessed the Tea contingent and awarded Teara Black Tea Liqueur a Master, with its "beautiful floral nose", "orange blossom" and "bergamot" flavours.

Back on my panel and another Master was bestowed upon Queens of Denmark's organic elderflower liqueur in the Elderflower flight.

In the Confectionary flight, Lindsay's team enjoyed Master medallist Koskenkorva Salmiakki, a salt- liquorice- flavoured liqueur from Finland.

Among this year's Cassis entrants, three Golds and a Silver were awarded, as well as another Master, this time to White Heron Brands' British Cassis, which had "balsamic vinegar" and "red wine" qualities.

Four Golds were uncovered: "boozy chocolate cake" BouveryCV; "lovely" Mozart Chocolate Cream; "coffee, cacao nib" Mozart Dark Chocolate; and "custard and cinnamon" Mozart Pumpkin Spice.

Three Golds were awarded, the first to Dark Matter Spiced Mocha Liqueur with its aromas of "digestive biscuits and white chocolate" and "spiced aftertaste" on the palate.

Another Gold- standard expression was found in Lignell & Piispanen's Crafted 58 Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, praised for its "dark chocolate" depth and "real coffee" flavour.

On Lindsay's panel, the Dessert flight resulted in a Silver medal for Shelter Point Distillery's Sunshine Liqueur.

In the Own Label heat, a Gold was awarded to Aldi's "complex" Gingerbread Gin Liqueur, which was "not too sweet, a bit zesty".

A Silver was also given to Aldi's Bellucci Amaretto Liqueur.

Onto the Traditional liqueurs flight and a strong medal haul was led by Wenneker Triple Sec, which was bestowed with a Master.

The final flight for my panel was Cream, in which we found three Golds and four Silvers.

Gold- medal winner Aldi's Specially Selected Egg Nog brought nostalgic memories of "Mini Milk ice creams", while the Cotswolds Cream Liqueur was hailed for its "luxurious mouthfeel".

Carthy & Black Yorkshire Cream Liqueur was celebrated for its "honey- like" flavour and "silky" texture.

"It's tough to get a complex flavour in cream liqueurs, but these had some great mouthfeels and textures to them," said Manchester.

Two Silvers concluded the day's tastings: one for Aldi's Ballycastle Irish Country Cream, with its "great viscosity" and "ice cream cone notes"; and the second for Aldi's Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur, with tastes of "chocolate and hazelnut".

Click through to the following page for the complete list of medal winners from The Liqueur Masters 2018.

Bardinet Bardinet Creme de Menthe Gold

Casa Lumbre Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur Gold

Casa Lumbre Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur Silver

Summerhall Distillery Pickering's Pink Grapefruit & Lemongrass Liqueur Gold

Aldi UK Passionfruit Gin Liqueur Gold

Bardinet Bardinet Amaretto Liqueur Gold

Joseph Cartron Joseph Cartron Creme de P che de Vigne de Bourgogne Gold

Joseph Cartron Joseph Cartron Creme de Mures des Roncieres Gold

The Lakes Distillery The Lakes Rhubarb & Rosehip Gin Liqueur Silver

Bardinet Bardinet Triple Sec Liqueur Silver

Joseph Cartron Joseph Cartron Creme de Cassis de Bourgogne Double Gold

Bardinet Bardinet Creme de Cassis de Dijon Silver

Mozart Distillerie Mozart Chocolate Cream Gold

Mozart Distillerie Mozart Dark Chocolate Gold

Dark Matter Distillers Dark Matter Spiced Mocha Liqueur Gold

Lignell & Piispanen Crafted Cold Brew Co ee Liqueur Gold

Ethical Wine & Spirits Fair Cafe Liqueur Gold

De Kuyper Royal Dutch Distillers Bebo Co ee Liqueur Silver

Aldi UK Gingerbread Gin Liqueur Gold

Aldi UK Bellucci Amaretto Liqueur Silver

Joseph Cartron Joseph Cartron Miel Honey Gold

Cotswolds Distillery Cotswolds Cream Liqueur Gold

Intercontinental Brands Carthy & Black Yorkshire Cream Liqueur Gold

Falcon International Magnum Scotch Malt Whisky Cream Liqueur Silver

Aldi UK Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur Silver

Source: The Spirits Business