Well, that about says it all, doesn’t it? This new release
from Portland’s Deco Distilling is Christmas in a bottle: a very sweet,
thick, rum-based liqueur with strong flavors of clove, cinnamon,
allspice and mace, with a hint of orange peel. I imagine a crew of elves
cramming clove-studded oranges, cinnamon-scented pine cones and eggnog
in a tiny wine press to squeeze out this dark brown elixir. A fairly
high alcohol content (60 proof) saves Deco’s product from the syrupy
quality of spice liqueurs like Goldschlager. It’s pleasant on its own,
chilled, but would also be quite good added to cider, coffee, eggnog or
cocoa—or poured over ice cream, or in a hot toddy with lemon juice, or
what have you. It’s versatile stuff and, at $16 for 375 ml, quite cheap.
Stocking stuffers for everybody! Recommended.