Exclusive to the Amalfi coast, Sfusato lemons are prized and in high demand for the intensity of their flavor and serves as the main ingredient in Pallini Limoncello, which we last reviewed in 2009. We recently sampled the flagship expression in Pallini’s range along with two additional flavors, right in time for the heatwave of the mid-summer months.
Pallini Limoncello Liqueur (2021) – Incredibly heavy on sweetness; the body threatens to become overly syruped but dials it back on the palate. The fruit is most definitely present, but the sugar keeps it from really reaching its potential. There’s an absence of sharpness that is a hallmark of limoncello; this doesn’t leave much of a clean feeling at the finish. It works well as a mixer, though. Especially with some soda water and mint over ice. B [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
Pallini Peachcello White Peach Liqueur (2021) – It’s peachy. Just straight through from start to finish. There’s a faint caramel note that makes a slight appearance towards the finish, but other than that it’s just peaches. On its own this is far too overpowering with sweetness that it becomes burdensome. That said, it’s fantastic in a Bellini, and would probably work just as well in a Fuzzy Navel or other cocktail requiring a burst of peach. (See also our peach liqueur roundup.) B-
Pallini Raspicello Raspberry Liqueur (2021) – Much like the Peachcello, this liqueur bursts with surly notes of raspberry. Very sugary, dense raspberry jam which, if consumed straight and in large quantities, takes on a medicinal character at first, but then simmers down into black currant and blackberry territory. This makes sense, for Pallini integrates black chokeberries into the spirit to give the flavor a bit more complexity. Works incredibly well with in small quantities with a nice brick of dark chocolate. B+
each $25 / limoncellopallini.com