Lucy and The Chap indulge in a midweek tipple, courtesy of The English Whisky Company in Roudham, Norfolk.
Liqueurs provided in exchange for review.
I’m not a big drinker. As most of my friends will tell you, I’m usually fairly merry after a single gin and tonic. As a result, I’m pretty choosy about what I drink and usually default to good white wine to be on the safe side.
However, I was intrigued by The English Whisky Company’s two new liqueurs. Released in time for Norfolk Day 2019, they bring together the character of traditional British fruits with the hint of local whisky. What could be a better way to celebrate the best this county has to offer?
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English Whisky Company packaging
Both 500ml bottles come with modern-retro packaging, which is very different from the company’s whisky bottles. Featuring a seal wearing a bowler hat and a monocle, the liqueur is instantly set apart from the traditional range. In fact, The Chap and I both surmised that these liqueurs are intended to appeal to non-whisky drinkers. It’s an entirely new brand for entirely new flavours, appealing to an entirely new audience.
All of the packaging details were carefully considered. From the bottle cap to the label, it was all consistent. To be honest, they look rather lovely lined up in our drinks cabinet!
As an aside, both come in at 20% ABV, which is pretty strong stuff. However, you’re not supposed to chug liqueur, so be sure to drink responsibly…
We started with the quince liqueur because we were most intrigued by this one. Neither of us could imagine what quince would taste like when mixed with whisky.
On the nose, I could smell the woody, warm scent of the single malt. I couldn’t pick up on the quince, but I don’t have a trained nose!
The flavour was complex and interesting. On the front, again, was the oaky whisky. However, this quickly mellowed away to the fruity apple-pear flavour of the quince.
As a liqueur, it was, of course, very sweet and syrupy, however, we both agreed that this would make it the perfect partner for a cheeseboard. The sweet, jammy fruit of the quince would go down rather nicely with a bit of Binham Blue.
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Again, the aroma began with whisky, which gave way the fruity smell of the berries, hinting at what the flavour might be like.
And it was a complete contrast to the quince liqueur.
It was tart and dry, while also being sweet. The nearest comparison I can make is to cranberry juice; the sugar in the liqueur counterbalances the dryness of the berries to give a rounded drink.
Having savoured it neat, we followed the serving suggestion on the bottle and tried it with a tonic mixer. This was much more to my taste. It made the liqueur much less sweet and far more palatable. As a long drink, it was very refreshing, especially when loaded up ice cubes.
I’d be more likely to buy the redcurrant liqueur for myself, but think they would both make excellent gifts. The quince one would be a cheese lovers dream!
You can buy both bottles online here.