Chocolate-based liqueurs are hardly a new phenomenon, but few spirits we know of have works of art reproduced on their labels. In this case, it’s Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” gazing out at you while you get your chocolate fix.
Now we don’t know what kind of a drinker Vermeer really was — though we doubt he was sipping chocolate martinis — but we’re sure he would have enjoyed his namesake tipple.
This 34-proof liqueur is fairly straightforward, a creamy version of, say, Godiva’s versatile chocolate spirit. It’s rather heavy on the cream, which gives it a bit of a bubble gum character and it’s oversweetened a bit — for something claiming to be made of “Dutch chocolate,” I’d hoped for something a little darker, less milky.
Still, it makes for a solid additive to coffee or as the aforementioned chocolate martini component if you’re looking for something silky rather than sharp.
B+ / $24 / vermeeruk.com