Review: Sapling Vermont Maple Liqueur and Maple Bourbon

Review: Sapling Vermont Maple Liqueur and Maple Bourbon


Maple syrup continues to grow as a cocktail trend, and enterprising Vermonters are using it directly to make their own spirits.

Enter Sapling, aka Saxtons River Distillery in Brattleboro, Vermont, which produces a maple syrup liqueur and a maple-infused Bourbon. (There’s also a maple-infused Rye, not reviewed here.) All are made with Grade A Vermont maple syrup from the state’s Green Mountains.

Thoughts follow.

Sapling Vermont Maple Bourbon – Three year old bourbon (sourced from MGP) is blended with maple syrup, then matured a second time in oak. The results are, well, maply. The nose is curious — a combination of Madeira, tawny Port, cinnamon, and rum raisin notes. On the body, the sugar level is nothing short of massive. Intense with brown/almost burnt sugar notes and plenty more of that madeirized wine character, the thick syrup character that makes up the body feels like it was just tapped from the tree. Whiskey is just a wispy hint in this spirit, a touch of vanilla that feels added into the mix an eyedrop at a time. 70 proof. B / $36 (375ml) 

Sapling Vermont Maple Liqueur – Unsurprisingly, it’s extremely similar to the version blended with whiskey. Most of the same notes of the above — Madeira, port, cinnamon — are all in play here again, only on a more muted basis. If anything, this liqueur is a less overwhelming spirit, though it’s also a somewhat less intriguing one, as some of those more subtle vanilla and spice notes present in the former spirit come up short here. 70 proof. B / $36 (375ml)

Sapling Vermont Maple Bourbon




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. Don Hayes on February 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Are you open Monday and can you purchase in Brattleboro.

  2. Anonymous on May 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    We are open Mon through Fri 9-5 Sat and Sun 10-5

  3. Jim Fino on November 15, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I live in NJ I was in Vermont and was at a wine festival where you had a booth. I loved your Maple Bourbon. I bought 2 bottles. I would like to purchase more but can’t seem to find anywhere that has it locally. Is there anyway you could ship to NJ?

  4. janelle reeve on October 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Where can you purchase the maple liqueur? (In Vermont)

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