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.