Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company recently launched Douglas & Todd Small Batch Bourbon Cream Liqueur, a classic whiskey cream liqueur that’s made with its own 4 year old Douglas & Todd bourbon, Midwestern cream, and vanilla flavoring.
As bourbon cream liqueurs go, it’s a solid and worthwhile example of the style. The nose blends notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and — for once a notable aroma that comes across like actual whiskey, an element that often gets lost in similar products, buried under a pile of sugar and flavoring.
The palate is creamy but quite mild, with butterscotch, caramel, and a touch of baking spice in the mix. There’s a gentle sweetness here that works well with the slightly rustic whiskey character underpinning the liqueur, and which offers a lovely balance and, surprisingly, some complexity on the finish. Never overbearing or overly sweet, it’s a great example of bourbon cream from unexpected producer.
A- / $35 / douglasandtodd.com