Published on April 15th, 2012 | by Greg0
Flavors: Fig, Toffee, And Espresso
Today, we have three vodka-based spirits, each of them offering a unique flavor. As with most flavored spirits, they can be had straight, on the rocks, or mixed in some interesting cocktails. We tried each method, and came away pretty satisfied with the trio. They also are fairly distinctive- there aren't a lot of similar products in these categories. Next time that you're looking for a little something interesting to shake up your bar, check out one of today's products.
The newest of the three, and the most surprising, was Figenza Fig Flavored Vodka. We were initially skeptical- plenty of flavored vodkas are pretty middle-of-the-road- but this one was definitely a cut above. It's not even widely available yet- new distribution areas are starting to open- but we certainly recommend giving this one a taste. The packaging is a bit overwhelming, if eye-catching. But the nose is lively and fruity- but natural, without seeming artificial. The taste is pretty delicate, figs don't exactly smash your tastebuds, but add a nice exotic note. Smooth, with a nice lingering finish, it made a great martini. Available for around $30 for a 750 mL bottle.
Next up is a great companion to coffee, Dooley's Toffee Cream liqueur. A pleasant combination of cream, vodka, and caramel, this one is definitely for those with a sweet tooth. The vodka base is a bit heavy, and meant that in comparison to a whiskey base (like Irish creams), this one was a little harder to enjoy straight or with ice. But it does make for a great alcoholic milkshake- just add ice cream and blend. A perfect summer drink- and this one has less fat than many cream liqueurs. Under $20 for 750 mL, available fairly widely.
And, finally, the companion: Dooley's Espresso Cream liqueur. Similar in packaging, this one had more flavor, and a nice strong coffee note with not much bitterness. Instead, it's warm and roasted, and impressively smooth if a little thin. This one was pretty good on the rocks, or cut with a bit of fresh milk, added to coffee, or again mixed with ice cream. Also, it's well-priced, again in the $20 range for a 750 mL bottle. Under 40 proof too.