Blog: Olly WehringThe just-drinks taste panel is in session - Cream liqueur time

Olly Wehring | 5 March 2007

It looks like I’ve created a monster. Ladies & gentlemen, I give you the totally unscientific taste test board of just-drinks.

Last week, you may remember I forced the head office staff to try a range of flavoured drinking straws from Australian company Unistraw.

Today, it’s the turn of Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur. And this is what it tastes like in an open-plan office in the middle of England on a Monday lunchtime in March.

It’s difficult to taste test with any degree of efficiency on just one sip. However, the one sip was really rather very nice. I may need to taste again later, though, just to be sure. Where can I buy it from?

I was very surprised to discover that it is vodka-based. It smelt more brandy-based. It is nice, and very drinkable, but I’m a Dooley’s girl at heart!

Looked much darker than Baileys. Thought the taste may be more bitter, with stronger chocolate taste. Noticed bits in the drink even after a hefty shake of the bottle. Had more sediment than a 1952 Petrus.

The alcohol actually overpowers the taste of the chocolate – it’s just not ‘chocolatey’ enough for girls. It tastes like a creamier version of Baileys. Would I drink it again? Probably yes, if there wasn’t any Baileys left!

First taste was just cream – no chocolate at all, followed by strong alcohol. It was a bit like a double punch in boxing. The first punch is light and easy to block, it’s the second one that catches you unaware and knocks you off your feet.  A bit like the double punch, the after-effects aren’t too pleasant. There was a sour aftertaste.

If you fancy recreating at home have two shot glasses, one with cream, the second with Jaegermeister or a supermarket own-label whiskey. Sip the cream and then, without thinking, down the spirit.

Many thanks to Vermeer for being brave enough to run the gauntlet - anyone else out there willing to undergo the just-drinks taste panel? All drinks considered - email me at editor@just-drinks.com if you think you’re hard enough.


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