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Review: Villon Liqueur

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This reasonably ominous trying liqueur launched final 12 months in the US. Along with its arresting, black glass bottle, Villon additionally has fairly the backstory. It’s distilled, blended, and bottled in southwestern France and is known as for the well-known fifteenth century French poet, Francois Villon, who notoriously vanished after killing a “depraved” priest. As for what’s really on this liqueur, the recipe is a carefully guarded household secret, however it depends on a base of VSOP Cognac and spirits distilled from French wheat (presumably grain impartial). Let’s test it out.

The aroma is punchy with alcohol and intensely candy, like strolling by way of the entrance door of a fudge store. Massive notes of vanilla extract, marshmallow fluff, and buttercream frosting nearly smother the fragile baking spice and unique sandalwood notes beneath. Air could be very a lot a buddy to this one, and after appreciable time within the glass, I began to find a greater, if nonetheless fairly saccharine, steadiness. The palate is syrupy candy with extra sticky vanilla bean, nutmeg, and gingerbread notes that flip more and more unique throughout the palate, turning to chai spice and robust black tea. A contact of lemony citrus and sugar cookie linger on the end.

As with most liqueurs, I’m undecided how a lot of this I may sip neat. The web site suggests it as a base for some traditional bourbon and Cognac cocktails, however I’d advocate as a substitute dialing it again as a modifier in lieu of the sugar in your recipe.

80 proof.

B+ / $35 / villon.sovereignbrands.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Villon Liqueur

$35

Ranking


8.5/10

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