One may feel hard done by when sent something intriguing that one cannot have. This is almost how it felt when two lovely 6cl bottles of Celtic Marches liqueur arrived in the post recently.
Two miniature bottles with interesting labels on, and descriptions that sounded rather yummy. But, I’m twenty something weeks pregnant, and wont touch any alcohol. I’ve even banned caffeine from my diet, so even though these looked fabulous, I wasn’t going to be swayed.
But I do have a husband! And a perk of being pregnant is great sense of smell. So I did get to sniff them profusely.
Unfortunately as laws go, the inevitable happened. I got a cold, a rather nasty version, lost sense of smell, and husband was busy working night shifts. So imagine if you will, one red nosed zombie, and one half asleep husband struggling to find the coffee pot, never mind deciding on how best to serve these intriguing drinks.
So they sat on the kitchen bench and were admired for several days. Even my teenage son admired them.
Then came the night when my husband’s eyes lit up. A night off from work, a night to relax and watch films, and a night when he could have a wee drink.
I have to say from my point of view, they smell delicious. Particularly one called Bloody Furlong. Brandy, with a hint of apples and maple. Glad to say it didn’t smell like rocket fuel, like some Brandy does.
We’d looked on the website for some ideas on how to best drink the liqueurs. There are also suggestions on the bottles. So we had a selection of mixers to try.
Husband decided he would try out a “King of Hearts” first. This is Bloody Furlong with tomato juice. Bloody Furlong is the Brandy, apple and maple liqueur. It went down well. Husband said it wasn’t harsh like some drinks he’s had and was pleasant to the palette. Second taster was Bloody Furlong over ice. Which he said was a nice drink to sit and sip and take your time over.
He was on a roll now, so he went on to Number Nine. Brandy with apple and blackcurrant. To me, this smelt like blackcurrant juice with a kick. Husband decided on trying it by itself, as it smelt good. Sure enough, it was enjoyable. He said easy to taste, pleasant and yet had a distinct brandy after taste. He added a splash of tonic for his final analysis. This made a relaxed drink which toned down any bite from the brandy.
Overall the taster enjoyed both liqueurs. He said both were as agreeable as the other.
What I like about them is the bottles. (as I cannot comment on the taste personally). I really like the original look about the labels. They are rather striking, being black and red. The names are great too. Both have meanings, which are all explained on the website. Its worth having a look there.
Both liqueurs are available to buy in 50cl £18.99 or 6cl bottles £3.99, and there are charming gift sets available too. Available to buy from their website.
Fuss Free Living Ratings: Celtic Marches Liqueurs
For taste I’m going to go on what husband says and give them a 4/5. Neither were too harsh or overpowering, and were quite enjoyable.
Value: As far as value goes, a 50 cl bottle costs £18.99, which is hovering around standard price for a liqueur. If not a little cheaper. So I will rate them 4/5.
Appearance: 5/5. I like the bottles, they look interesting. The kind of thing that would catch my eye. Slightly different. Great names.
Thank you to Celtic Marches for my review samples.