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Creole Shrubb - Liqueur Creole Clément
H. Clément, Martinique-French West Indies
PROOF: 40 (20%)
TYPE: Liqueur, Spices, Bitter Orange
PRICE: $23.99 750ML
Note: Like all the spirits I review this was tasted at room temperature for maximum taste and detection of any faults if any in a product. If you chill benzene cold enough you could drink that too (NOT RECOMMENDED !), which is why I try them at room temperature.
This Liqueur is a blend of both white and aged Rhum Agricole and a proprietary mixture of creole spices and sun dried bitter orange peels which are macerated in cane juice in oak casks then blended.
First Impression: Deep bass notes of oranges and spices-cinnamon, clove, almond, ginger, malabar pepper? Thick, sweet smell, almost oily. Complex, spicy and tangy.
Appearance: Golden with orange- clear as the glass it was poured into. On swirling leaves light coating on glass, then develops some legs.
Taste: True to the bouquet, it is thick and almost oily in a nice way the taste is of a touch sticky but wonderful body and a very complex mélange of spices play with the orange well. Beats the hell out of most orange liqueurs.
Drinks: Lends a wonderful and unique twist to drinks, particularly lighter styles of drinks. A little goes a long way.
Bottle: Tall, clear with raffia gives it that Tiki Bar/Island feel (and makes it easy to find), cork closure.
Other: Lots of potential food/spice possibilities here.
Final Thoughts: Very interesting and well-done liqueur which lends itself well to either established drinks recipes or experimentation in either drinks or food. Think of it as the Islands version of Grand Marnier for less money. A must have for a well stocked bar.
Adequate information if you read French. Could be a bit more detailed for my taste.