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On a hunt today I came across three very old bottles of Benedictine DOM liqueur for 15 bucks each. I'm not sure but they look from the 50's or 60's. Are these worth getting? Thanks in advance for the help. Randy.
Liqueurs, unlike straight spirits, can go bad depending on the ingredients. I don't have any experience with this particular product, but simply because it is a liqueur I would say danger, Will Robinson. Leave them alone.
It is a French liquor based on herbs and fruit,40%abv,it`s origin is a monastery but truly there are better liquors around.To be used as a birthdaypresent for vague friends only:skep: .
Benedictine is a good arrow to have in your cocktail-making quiver, but it need not be old.
What can you make with it?
The classic cocktail is B&B. Brandy and Benedictine. In fact, they now bottle it premixed.
I believe it is necessary for a Singapore Sling.
You can drink it neat. It's very good neat
Benedictine is something I haven't had in many years, but would like to try again.
I propose, gentlemen, a B&B - Benedictine and Bourbon, in this case.
Any takers? I'd suggest using a fairly smooth, brandy-like bourbon for starters, say ETL or FR NAS or EC 12.
All comments gratefully received as this is something I'm planning to try.
Benedictine and Bourbon, I'm with you Gary, I think it will work.
Well, let the taste notes begin, I'll get mine in before long!
The only Benedictine I like with my bourbon is the cucumber-onion-and-cream-cheese dip, dyed green, that is ubiquitous at parties in Kentucky. Yum! Along with Ale-8-One ginger ale, I bring some back from every visit.
It's quite good in coffee. They used to sell a coffee liqueur-Benedictine blend -like the B&B blend - locally. The local distributor closed it out and I bought all I could find on the shelves very cheaply. I drank inexpensive 'loaded coffees' for a few years after that. If you'd like to duplicate, equal parts Kahlua or any other coffee liquer mixed with Benedictine, a shot per 8 oz of coffee, add some half and half. Very nice Sunday Morning Newspaper Reading drink.
I am a Benedictine fan. I find it works quite well with Baker's in a 4:1 ratio (bourbon:liqueur). More would be okay, but strictly after-dinner. I've made some really nice cocktails with the stuff, too, chiefly involving Scotch (which draws out the smoky notes in Benedictine) and bourbon (which draws out tobacco flavors). I'd also recommend using Benedictine instead of absinthe in a 50/50 rye/brandy blend for a Sazerac. Terrific stuff. It's been a while since I've had any bourbon or Benedictine, but perhaps more specific tasting notes are in order tonight...
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