Review: Drambuie Liqueur

Review: Drambuie Liqueur

drambuie new bottle design

Some things never change, and in the case of Drambuie, it’s the insides that haven’t been altered at all.

But Drambuie has updated its bottle for the first time in years, giving it a much more modern look.

Giving the stuff a fresh taste, the Scotch-based liqueur is just as syrupy and sweet as you remember — intensely sugary, with strong cinnamon, cloves, and even incense character on the palate. The sweetness is more almond-infused marzipan than honey, and those spices wreak havoc with your senses. I like a Rusty Nail from time to time, but drinking Drambuie straight is, to be honest, a little bit crazy.

80 proof.


Drambuie Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. J. Lindsey on November 11, 2009 at 9:26 am

    What kinds of scotch do you usually use in your rusty nails?
    I’ve tried a few blends and, although it may be heresy, I’m a little curious as to how some of my single malts would do paired with Drambuie.

  2. Christopher Null on November 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Only blends, Dewar’s usually. I’d never sully a single malt that way.

  3. Matt P on November 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I prefer Johnny Walker – Black for the day-to-day and Green label when I want to treat myself.

  4. Frederic on November 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Bought a bottle last week and I don’t care for it. The clerk who rang me up agreed and recommended that I pour the contents into the old bottle. An aesthetic step down in my and the clerk’s book.

    And I disagree with Chris’ response, as single malts can be a noteable improvement to blends in cocktails and can be worth the extra expense. Although sometimes the extra smokiness throws off the balance a bit. There is nothing sacred about single malts where you can’t use them on occasion for special cocktails. Or if you could afford it, in everyday cocktails.

  5. texascarl on August 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I like Teacher’s Highland Cream in a Rusty Nail (light on the Drambuie). Traditional around here, Teacher’s nice price is just a bonus.

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  7. Joe on October 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    i think it was a marketing disaster and they will live to regret it!

  8. James Patrick on January 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I remember reading about the design, but the article did not feature an image. Then I saw the bottle and my heart sank a bit. With 25% of my ancestry being Scottish, the old bottle filled me with more than a wee bit of pride. Thankfully, I had a bottle at home that will become the permanent decanter for all future purchases. The new design makes me think they are going after an unsophisticated demographic that believes sleekly designed packages speak to a certain kind of hipness. Too bad – and more than a little sad.

  9. Judy steer on January 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I miss the old bottle. It had a look like no other. If it’s possible to bring it back, please do so.


  10. TeachersFan on July 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Bingo. Teacher’s is the best.

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