- On September 15, 2015
This week, we’d like to highlight another local distillery doing all the right things: Tattersall. Located in an unassuming building a hop, skip & a jump from Indeed, Tattersall has been on fire as of late! After debuting with their vodka, gin and aquavit a little over two months ago, they recently followed up by releasing a quartet of great liqueurs as well as a delicious barrel-aged gin. This rapid succession of releases could portend some pretty mediocre products rushed out by a new producer, but these guys are crushing it!
While barrel-aged gin is definitely quite the trend or fad right now, we can’t complain. We love the stuff! This particular iteration from Tattersall really sets the bar on what a well-balanced, well executed barreled gin should taste like. The French Oak white wine barrels that the barreled gin utilizes build on the great citrus flavors from the original product and enhance the spice notes as well as give it a warm, floral quality. It tastes like a sunny summer day. This spirit is great in cocktails (obviously) but even chilled or neat it sips incredibly well.
The fantastic four liqueurs Tattersall released represent only the beginning of the lineup they have planned. Without counting their absinthe (is it a cordial? Is it a spirit in its own category? You decide!) Tattersall has 8 products already displayed on their website, which leads one to believe that their eventual roster will have a ton of variety, depth and flavor. Created ostensibly for use in their cocktail room, each of these cordials would be perfect for at home as well. You could pretty much stock your entire bar just with their products! Let’s start from the lightest and go through to the heaviest.
The orange crema is a great stand-in for a triple sec or sweeter curaçao. The variety of orange peels used in the creation of the liqueur helps create a citrus pop that is more than just one note. Don’t get us wrong, it definitely has some sweetness to it, but if you have a bottle of Cointreau on your shelf at home do yourself a favor and give this stuff a whirl. It is big, bright and full of lively, spicy flavor.
Grapefruit crema? What’s that? DELICIOUS is what it is! Similar to the orange crema, it plays with a grapefruit flavor instead of traditional orange for a citrus liqueur. You can use it just as you would the orange crema, but with a twist on the usual flavor. Bold ruby red grapefruit flavors abound, with an earthy, floral touch to help balance everything out. Super unique and super tasty.
Our liquor buyer Patrick has a personal affinity to the next spirit on deck: Tattersall’s sour cherry liqueur. After trying it he couldn’t stop raving about it! Tattersall uses Montmorency cherries which deliver a much more interesting cherry flavor. Instead of the standard, cloying cherry flavor you might find, the balance of sweet and tart create a deep, dark flavor that unfolds on your tongue. The of barrel-aging this liqueur sets it up for the alley oop by bringing in some tannins that help make it feel much fuller and keeps the sweetness level in check. The balance and nuance displayed here is simply phenomenal.
Last but not least, we come to the bad boy of the group… Amaro! Utilized mostly as a digestif drunk straight, Amaro have become quite popular in the cocktail scene as an ingredient to bring an unexpected flavor to cocktails. The bitter, earthy flavor is hard to recreate with any other category of spirit, and has such intensity that many people simply can’t handle it. Tattersall’s Amaro is a softer type of Amaro, with a more bittersweet flavor than straight, in-your-face bitter. Citrus helps elevate some of the heavier, grassy & dirty notes and creates a beverage with balance that can be used in a variety of ways. Try it neat, add a dash to your Manhattan or simply add some sparkling water to let it unfurl its flavors.