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Buckeye Amaretto Liqueur
About Buckeye Amaretto
Buckeye Amaretto Liqueur is produced by Buckeye Distillery, a family-owned distillery located in Tipp City, Ohio. Founded in 2009, Buckeye creates a variety of spirits including vodka, wine, and liqueurs.
When I first stumbled upon this brand online, I was immediately excited to try at least one of their liqueurs. With The Ohio State University being my alma mater, the Buckeye spirit holds a special place in my heart. Since Amaretto is so versatile, I knew I had to try out the Buckeye Amaretto.
Although not much of the production process is disclosed, we do know that this particular bottle of amaretto liqueur is made using almonds, vanilla, and unspecified citrus.
❖ ABV: 20%
❖ Distillery: Buckeye Distillery
❖ Aging: N/A
❖ Price Point: high price
My Tasting notes
I began to sniff out the nose notes of this liqueur, and there was a clear maraschino cherry aroma that was nice and sweet. After several whiffs, the scent became slightly more nutty – like that classic amaretto aroma.
My first sip was cherry heavy. It struck me how similar the cherry flavor was to a sweet cough syrup like Nyquil. Though, to be clear, it was much more pleasant than actually drinking cough syrup. The liqueur had zero harshness or aftertaste, but the similarities in the cherry notes were uncanny! The flavor overall is quite sweet.
Even after several sips, I couldn’t quite pick out any almond notes. However, I still really enjoyed sipping this Amaretto liqueur.
Amaretto Stone Sour
❖ 2oz amaretto
❖ 2oz orange juice
❖ 3/4 oz lemon juice
❖ 3/4 oz lime juice
❖ 1/2 oz simple syrup
garnish: maraschino cherry
- Add the ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until chilled.
- Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a cherry if desired.
My experience drinking this cocktail was very nice. The blend of flavors was not my favorite combination, but people who like sweet cocktails will still really enjoy it.
I have mixed feelings about the performance of this Amaretto liqueur inside the drink. The sweet cherry flavor was consistent with each sip, and allowed the mixture to go down like juice. That said, I’m not sure that this Amaretto has the same spark or charm inside a cocktail without the classic almond notes that are more noticeable in other brands.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about Buckeye Amaretto Liqueur. On the one hand, it’s very tasty and creates a smooth cocktail. The cherry notes make for a nice sipper, and I will definitely enjoy making more cocktails with this bottle.
On the other hand, I feel it’s hard to recommend this liqueur at it’s current price point. I would expect an Amaretto priced this high to have a little more wow factor, and be more balanced in flavor. I was expecting a little more, especially since this liqueur is produced by a family-owned company. I like supporting smaller businesses, so I really wanted to love this. Ultimately, I was underwhelmed.
That said, I was able to pick up this bottle during a clearance sale over on Spirit Hub, and I think it’s worth trying out if you can get it at a good sale price. Just keep in mind that it’s more of a cherry liqueur than a true Amaretto!
As always, drink responsibly.