Theres many an Irish liqueur out on the shelves these days, Baileys probably springs to most minds, but theirs a relatively new brand shaking the branches, and is coming at a new angle than the traditional ‘cream liqueurs’. Drombeg is a natural, hand-crafted liqueur that is infused from Irish oak and sweet distillate using Irish spring water. Created by West Cork Distillers, themselves only founded back in 2008, it is one of only two non-sweetened savoury brown spirit liqueurs on the global market. With the lack of a ‘Baileys cream colour’, it can easily be mistaken for whiskey which is something Drombeg have been taking full advantage of by promoting the brand to customers who are attracted by Irish whiskey brands, but are looking for a lower alcohol alternative.
The name itself is taken from Ireland’s oldest stone circle that dates back to as early as 150BC. Drombeg carries on the tribute to the ancient monument by distilling and maturing the spirit close by.
So how does this mystical oak wood matured premium spirit fair? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes -
Drombeg – 22%
Light and mild on the nose, with slight oak and caramel notes blending well. On the palate, instant smoothness with a creamy texture is noticeable with caramel dominating with a little smoky wood following. Very long-lasting effect with hints of sweetness to finish.
This is a little different to what you may expect an Irish liqueur to be, but it’s a great start-up to becoming an Irish whiskey fan as well as a good substitute from the usual ‘cream liqueurs’.
Especially if you try the simple mix of Drombeg with a splash of ginger ale and a twist of lime. Sláinte!
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