Today we’ll be taking a close look at John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum and letting you know our thoughts. How does it taste? Is it sweet? Will it fit all the stuff you need from a Falernum syrup?
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John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum is a sweet liqueur low on alcohol and running in around USD $16. The closest falernum we’ve had for cocktails until this point was B.G. Reynolds Falernum syrup so we were curious… is this sweet enough? Considering B.G. Reynold’s is based on a sugar syrup and this has an alcohol base… would it work as well?
What we discovered is that John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum is sweet enough to work in a cocktail that calls for falernum and does not require other sugar. One fo the benefits to John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum over a falernum syrup is shelf stability. While we have had BG Reynolds last almost a year in the fridge, a spirit with 11% alcohol or more will be stable for a lot longer.
John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum has that familiar taste: allspice, cloves, ginger and other trade spices. We found it to be very clove-forward which most falernum syrups will be (and helps cut through the complexities of a tiki drink). John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum definitely makes me think “tiki times.” But, I am certain this would work in many cocktails for all seasons that need either allspice, clove or other trade spice nuances.
I can’t wait to create John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Corn ‘n Oil that is on the back of the bottle. Simple and easy, totally worth giving a try!
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