Review: Tippleman’s Barrel Aged Cola Syrup

The Tippleman’s tribe is back at it with a new mixer for cocktailers looking to take their libations upscale: Barrel Aged Cola Syrup, which is an all natural, handmade creation made by “hand peeling lemons, limes and oranges, and combining the skins with freshly ground spices, natural cane sugar, and vanilla bean.” The finished product is aged in Willett bourbon barrels.

It’s a solid syrup with authentic cola flavors. If I have any complaint, it’s that it’s a bit heavy on cinnamon up front, a bit heavy on lemon-lime on the back end. Otherwise it has that richly spicy, nutty, citrus note that we’ve come to expect from a quality cola.

This syrup is an obvious match for bourbon, and it really excels when used as a whiskey mixer with a little soda water. Here the two products play off of each other’s strengths to showcase rich vanilla, more subtle cinnamon notes, and a chocolatey finish that you don’t see on the Tippleman’s when sipping it only with water. All told, it’s very nicely done, and can work wonders both for alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails alike.

A / $19 per 13 oz bottle / tipplemans.com

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