GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 23

With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling

GSN Review: Amarula Cream Liqueur

Amarula, the best-selling South African cream liqueur, recently announced the start of their new awareness and fundraising campaign in the U.S. to save the African Elephant. In partnership with the conservation group, WildlifeDIRECT, they launched a campaign titled “Don’t Let Them Disappear.” The global campaign aims to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle to protect the world’s declining African elephant population. The cornerstone of the campaign is a fundraising initiative whereby $1 from every bottle of Amarula sold in the U.S. between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, will go directly to WildlifeDIRECT’s global conservation efforts.

To kick off the “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaign in the U.S., Amarula hosted a visually-arresting event in New York City on August 12th, World Elephant Day, wherein a life-sized ice sculpture of an African elephant was placed in the sweltering heat of New York City to illustrate the rapid loss of the African elephant population at the hands of poachers. The lifelike sculpture was carved by famed second generation ice sculptor, Shintaro Okamoto, and consisted of roughly 85 blocks of ice, weighing an estimated amount of 18,000 lbs.

The African elephant plays a crucial and symbolic role in the creation and spirit of Amarula. Once a year, elephants begin their journey to feast on the sun-ripened fruit of the Marula trees, which grow wild across the sub-equatorial plains of Africa. This signifies to local communities that the fruit is ready to be harvested and ultimately turned into Amarula.  The Marula fruit is picked in the wild, transported to facilities where it is de-stoned and the skins are removed and the fruit pulp fermented. After fermentation, the Marula ‘spirit’ is distilled and  matures in French oak barrels for at least two years. Finally, it is blended with shelf stable cream and bottled.

Amarula Cream Liqueur (17% abv)
Visual: Beige.
Nose: Soft tropical fruit, caramel, vanilla and cream.
Taste: Smooth and enveloping with a rich creamy texture. A slight spicy tang with a more forward cocoa-mango flavor.  Quite unique and engaging.
Finish: Long with a lot of the sweetness tempered by a boost of Marula spirit.
Overall: One of the best cream liqueurs on the market. So much more depth of character than Irish cream. One taste and it’s unlikely you’ll go back to your old standby.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Amarula