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Spirit Review and Recipes: Tattersall Sour Cherry Liqueur

In just five years, Minnesota’s Tattersall Distillery has created an impressive lineup of spirits, from aquavit to grapefruit crema to blueberry liqueur. Our tasting panel recently tasted Tattersall’s Sour Cherry Liqueur. While obviously exhibiting a different flavor profile than more orthodox sweet cherry liqueurs like Peter Heering, this bottle should certainly have a place in your bar cart.

The nose is light, with reductive Montmorency cherry notes, backed by vanilla and almond. Medium tawny in color, evidently viscous in the glass, almost port like in its mouthfeel. Cherry pie filling up front, cola and stewed cherries on mid-palate and finish, backed with almonds and marzipan. A bit of pleasant bitterness is there, which dissipates under the evident 30% ABV.

We would recommend adding a touch to a chocolate frosting, over vanilla ice cream, or with bourbon. We created a recipe below we enjoy as a full-throated winter warmer. We would also recommend it as an interesting substitute for Peter Heering in that liqueur’s primary classic cocktail, the Singapore Sling.

Charted Details

Spirit: Sour Cherry Liqueur

From: Tattersal Distillers, Minneapolis

ABV: 30%

Price: $37

Rating: 94 pts

Recipe: Cherry Manhattan

1 ½ ounce rye or bourbon (we have used both Dickel and Maker’s Mark)

¾ ounce Tattersall Sour Cherry

2 dashes Fee Brothers Toasted Almond Bitters

Combine all ingredients, stir. Serve with large ice cube. If you desire a bit of sweetness, add a spoonful of syrup from a jar of Luxardo Cherries.

Recipe: Singapore Sling

1 ½ ounces gin

1 ounce Benedictine

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

½ ounce Tattersall Sour Cherry

¼ ounce simple syrup

2 ounces club soda

Combine all ingredients except the club soda in a shaker filled with ice, and shake well.

Pour into a highball glass, and top with club soda, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

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