Liquer

Review: Wolfhead Craft Whisky Liqueur by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Wolfhead Distillery.

Image courtesy of Wolfhead Distillery.

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
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Distiller Wolfhead (Amherstburg, Ontario)

I usually don’t even review the whisky liqueurs that I get sent – and even then, usually I have a sip and throw out the rest of the sample bottle. Not here! I drained the 50 ml sample bottle in one go! If that says anything…

This is Wolfhead’s best selling product. It is made by steeping fair trade, locally roasted costa rican coffee beans in whisky for 24-48 hours. Wolfhead’s philosophy in making this product can be summed up by their own statement: “Coffee and whisky naturally pair well together. Most coffee liqueurs are rum or sugarcane based, making them overly sweet. Wolfhead coffee liqueur balances well between bitter and sweet. “ Wolfhead tells me that both non-coffee drinkers as well as whisky drinkers appreciate this product.


Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2021

Even though I don’t typically like to write reviews of whisky liquers, I wanted to write this review since a lot of folks like coffee liquers and are stuck onto kahlua. Here is a much better alternative! It is slightly sweet, with a rich coffee flavour that is a lot fresher than kahlua, balanced as well with vanilla, nuts. It reminds me quite a bit of the dark chocolate covered espresso beans – but without the chocolate!

Great for your coffee cocktails, desserts (over ice cream) or just over ice.


Review: Krupnik Spiced Honey Liquer by Jason Hambrey

Image Courtesy of Wayward Distillery.

Image Courtesy of Wayward Distillery.

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
100% BC honey and spices
Distiller Wayward Distillery (Courtenay, BC)

This is another product from Wayward, this time a liquer made from honey spirit, toasted BC honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus peel among other spices. When I asked what other spices were in it, I was told the better question was what spices were not in it.

Originally, this was just a Christmas release but it has become such a fan favourite that it is now available all year round.


Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2021

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Very gingerbread-house on the nose. Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla - but also quite floral. The spice is just awesome, and it’s sweet - but it’s anything from cloying. A very nice liqueur.

However, I rarely am in the mood for liquers straight - instead, I want a dash of them in my cocktails or elsewhere. Consumed on its own, it is quite Christmas-y with all the baking spice notes. However, this suits all seasons - added to sparkling apple cider in the spring, ginger beer in the summer, hot apple cider or hot chocolate in the fall, or in place of the sugar in an Old Fashioned in the winter (my favourite use of them all).