Tasting Notes wanders back into the realm of spirits this week by partaking in a little Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg, Tennessee).
Since the flavors of chocolate and coffee are commonly found in various beer styles these days, it only seemed natural to do a Tasting Notes crossover featuring this Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur. Sugarlands Distilling Co. created the Appalachian Sippin’ Cream Series to add depth and diversity to their popular and ever-expanding Moonshine lineup. Just as the name implies, Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur has been crafted to be a dessert-style drink that is “rich in cacao and notes of roasted coffee beans.” Whether consumed straight or in a mixed drink, this offering is meant to be savored as the sweet treat that we all deserve after a long day. 750ml Mason jars of Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur and the full Appalachian Sippin’ Cream lineup** are available for purchase online (click here) or at select retailers found in Florida and throughout the rest of Sugarlands Distilling Co.’s distribution area. That should pretty much cover all the necessary background information, so let’s break out the fancy ice and get to some Tasting Notes!
**If you somehow have an aversion to chocolate and coffee, Sugarlands Distilling Co. also currently produces Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Butter Pecan Cream Liqueur.**
Tasting Notes for Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co.
Appearance: This liqueur fills the glass with a presentation that is strikingly similar to chocolate milk. It falls somewhere between dark tan to milk chocolate brown in color. The liquid is completely opaque and somewhat viscous. When swirled about, an off white to light tan sheet coats the glass and drops down evenly spaced, slightly darker, streaky legs.
Aroma: As is the case with most liqueurs, the first inhale brings a gentle waft of alcohol. Fully committed, I leave my nose in the glass and discover rich, indulgent layers of depth with each breath. Vanilla and whipped cream rise up first, and this easily shifts to a sweet milk chocolate note. The aromas then deepen to produce tones of dark roasted coffee beans and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate. These enchanting aromatics easily convince you to take sip after sip.
Taste: The start of each sip is a comforting reminder of youthful moments spent enjoying an awesome milkshake or a tall glass of chocolate milk after school. Out of the gate, there is just so much chocolaty goodness. This naturally opens up to expose qualities of toffee, vanilla, cream and caramel. The flavor profile extends even further and finishes with fresh brewed coffee and fine dark chocolate. This is dangerously good.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and silken in texture on the palate. Each sip coats softly to allow all the flavors the chance to develop and be thoroughly enjoyed. At just 20% ABV, this liqueur only leaves a suggestion of heat to linger in the throat. Although sweet, it still avoids being cloying or over the top. Milk chocolate and vanilla remain as a lasting aftertaste.
Final Thoughts: If you are a fan of sweet Liqueurs/Cordials and have been looking to try an alternative to offerings like Baileys Original Irish Cream, you may have just found it. Rich, decadent and absolutely loaded with indulgent flavors, Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur immediately proved to us that it is an incredibly tasty and versatile addition to any bar (home or otherwise). This offering was very much enjoyed straight and in coffee – great with brunch or as an after-dinner drink – while taking these notes, but this liqueur’s list of possible uses does not stop there. You could easily slip some into the mixing bowl to make an adults-only batch of whipped cream to top your coffee, mixed drink, brownies, pie, etc. Sub it into your favorite chocolate martini recipe to give it a mocha-like twist. Finally, if you are a fan of “Depth Charge” shots, we came up with this Tennessee-themed take on the “Irish Car Bomb” that proved to be quite delicious. The name is still a work in process, but here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 pint of lower ABV, locally produced American Stout or Irish-style Dry Stout (avoid hoppy Stouts)
- 1/2 shot of Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co.
- 1/2 shot of Tennessee Whiskey of your choice
Instructions: Fill 1/2 of a sturdy shaker pint glass with your Stout of choice. Take a standard shot glass and add the Sippin’ Cream and chosen Whiskey (layer the Sippin’ Cream to the bottom of the shot). Carefully drop the shot into the pint glass and enjoy!
However you choose to enjoy it, it is pretty much a certainty that you will be using several of the following words to describe each sip you take of Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur: Luscious. Delightful. Tempting. Enticing. Heavenly. Ambrosial. Faced with terms such as those, how could you possibly resist? Seriously, we highly recommend that you give this offering a try and let us know what you think. Prost!