Top 10 best value-for-money liqueur brands

Wednesday 7 November 2018 10:49am

From rich and decadent creams to sweet and viscous fruits, there is a wide variety of liqueurs to suit every budget.

The Spirits Business held its annual Liqueur Masters last month, where an experienced panel of judges recognised some of the best bottlings in the business.

Looking across multiple categories, from coffee to cream, confectionary to fruit, a wide range of liqueurs were awarded the top accolades of Master and Gold medals for their quality.

While some expressions are not standard priced, our judges have given each liqueur listed here the seal of approval for offering excellent quality within their respective categories.

The Chocolate flight saw a Gold medal given to Mozart Distillerie's Mozart Pumpkin Spice.

The 17% abv liqueur melds chocolate, caramel, pumpkin juice, cinnamon, clove, vanilla and a little chilli.

Giffard Rhubarb Liqueur grabbed a Master medal in the Fruit round for its likeness to "rhubarb- and-custard sweets" and "full mouthfeel".

Produced by French liqueurs and syrups maker Giffard, the expression is made from an infusion of green and red rhubarb chunks and bottled at 20% abv.

Dark Matter Spiced Mocha Liqueur

Scottish rum distillery Dark Matter Distillers was awarded a Gold medal for its Dark Matter Spiced Mocha Liqueur in the Coffee round.

Bottled at 20% abv, the liqueur was praised for its aromas of "digestive biscuits and white chocolate" and "spiced aftertaste" on the palate.

A Master was bestowed upon Queens of Denmark's organic elderflower liqueur in the Elderflower flight.

In the Confectionary flight, a Master medallist was found in Koskenkorva Salmiakki, a salt- liquorice- flavoured liqueur from Finland.

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

Carthy & Black Yorkshire Cream Liqueur

In the Cream flight, Intercontinental Brands' 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," one judge noted.

Launched in 2017, Carthy & Black's cream liqueur collection includes a whisky variant and two gin liqueurs.

Source: The Spirits Business