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Review: Merlet Creme de Poire Williams (2020)

Merlet continues to raise the bar on fruit liqueurs. Here’s a look at a rarity we last encountered in 2013: a liqueur de Poire Williams — pear liqueur, for the rest of us.

Those unmistakable, lightly bitter but aromatic pear notes emerge immediately when the bottle is cracked, that vague apple-meets-camphor character rising promptly from the glass. The palate is immediately and intensely sweet, notes of brown sugar studded with honeysuckle, lemon curd, and vanilla — with plenty of poached pear notes lingering underneath. It’s fresh and fruity on the finish, with a sweet cream character. Surprisingly lively and versatile; try it as a foil for the sweetening agent in your favorite cocktail.

36 proof.

A- / $25 / merlet.fr [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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Merlet Creme de Poire Williams (2020)



Christopher Null

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

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  1. ApplejackTAC August 7, 2020

    I’m not sure what’s going on with US distribution of Merlet. I used to frequently source their liqueurs years ago (both at retail and wholesale), as they were very good offerings at a lower price point than some of the other French producers, but they haven’t been carried at any of those outlets for several years.

  2. ApplejackTAC August 7, 2020

    Do a search on wine-searcher.com and you’ll find very few matches for any of their products. Meanwhile it seems as Giffard is expanding distribution (and it’s product line) in the US compared to where it was 5 years ago.


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