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Metcalfe's Vermont Maple Cream Liqueur

Metcalfe's Vermont
Maple Cream Liqueur


By Robert Plotkin

The first thought that strikes you after taking a long sip of Metcalfe's Vermont Maple Cream Liqueur is "where has this stuff been all my life?" It's a significant clue the product is going to be highly successful. Guaranteed this innovative and sumptuous cream liqueur has no equal on the backbar.

Metcalfe's is the brainchild Ed Metcalfe, who spent years developing the finished recipe. The liqueur is made by Vermont Distillers of Marlboro, Vermont on a foundation of rich cream and neutral grain spirits. Metcalfe's derives its irresistible flavor from pure Vermont maple syrup from the Coombs Family Farms, which has been in the business since 1925.

Be fully prepared to be wowed. The beige liqueur has a velvety lightweight body and an enticing maple, nut and chocolate nose. While its aromatics alone make it worth the price of admission, the liqueur's skillfully balanced array of flavors really seals the deal. Equally noteworthy is that the lingering finish is dry and flavorful, not in the least cloying like many other cream liqueurs.

Metcalfe's Vermont Maple Cream Liqueur is one of those rare products that is as delectable sipped straight—or slightly chilled—as it is featured in a cocktail. That said, the liqueur makes an extraordinary ingredient in mixed drinks. There is nothing remotely like Metcalfe's behind the bar, which makes it an easy way to infuse specialties with the flavor and aroma of pure Vermont maple syrup. At just 34 proof, the liqueur is perfect for hot and cold drinks and great as part of a dessert. Try it straight up, over ice, in coffee or hot chocolate. Or just drizzle it over vanilla ice cream.

My advice to you is when you find Metcalfe's on the shelf grab all the bottles you can carry.