The folks at Southern Comfort were convinced that, though I didn’t care for SoCo Lime, something a little more refined would be to my taste. So they sent this: Southern Comfort 100 (100 as in proof), a higher-alcohol version of the classic Bourbon-peach liqueur.
For starters, it’s darker in color and with none of the green overtones that standard SoCo (which is 80 proof) has, and it’s still full with peach, simple whiskey, and wood characteristics. Yes, that classic cherry/medicinal character that’s Southern Comfort is so well-known for comes in for the kill during the finish, but it’s not half as harsh as standard SoCo.
Southern Comfort — like Jagermeister, Rumple Minze, and a few other notorious liqueuers — is a bit of an acquired taste, but SoCo 100 at least has more taste and takes less acquiring to be enjoyable. Compare to $14 for a regular bottle of SoCo and it’s definitely worth the upgrade.