Tippy Cow is a line of rum-based liqueurs that includes flavors like Vanilla Soft Serve and Shamrock Mint. (It’s made and bottled by the same company that bottles RumChata — Midwest Custom Bottling.) For the holidays, a seasonal variant is here: Peppermint Bark, and we gave this curiosity the Drinkhacker treatment. Thoughts follow.
As truth in labeling goes, Tippy Cow Peppermint Bark is right on the money. While it’s the color of chocolate milk (not white-and-pink like real peppermint bark), it does offer instant aromas and flavors of chocolate and mint — with more mint notes than I was expecting, actually. It’s sweet, but far from overbearing.
Lightly creamy — a bit thin at times — it tastes like an Andes mint that has melted from being in your pocket all day. There’s no real rum influence to speak of, but then again, there’s no noticeable alcohol on the palate, either.
Ultimately, for holiday tipples this may not be a mind-blower, but it’s a completely credible offering that feels perfect for the season. I had no trouble polishing off a glass of it, anyway.
Update: As of 2020, Tippy Cow Peppermint Bark is no longer being produced.
B+ / $15 / tippy-cow.com