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AMBER taste test

A few weeks ago, I posted about AMBER liqueur, a single malt Scotch whisky flavored with maple and pecan.

A PR rep recently sent me a sample bottle to try. I'll admit that I am not a fan of Scotch, and the flavors of maple and pecan seem more suited to fall and winter than the heat of summer. Nevertheless, I gave it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised. The attractive nuttiness made it smoother than other Scotches I have tried (again, Scotch is not my liquor of choice, so none of them seem really smooth to me), and the delicious maple note lingered.

I still consider this more of a cool weather drink, but I can see lots of uses for it--like adding it to coffee. Or, you could create a twist on Crepes Suzette, substituting AMBER for Grand Marner before flambeing, and topping with drizzled melted chocolate, toasted chopped pecans and whipped cream.

Now THAT sounds like something I could enjoy in front of the fire this winter.