It’s been almost a decade since we last reviewed several of Mathilde’s liqueurs — and at the time our thoughts weren’t overwhelmingly favorable. The situation appears to have been improving based on Mathilde’s showing in our peach liqueur roundup, so we figured it was time to check out some of the other entries in the lineup, which now appear in updated bottles and with refreshed labels. The best news of all: Pricing hasn’t changed since 2012. Fresh thoughts on three members of the core collection of liqueurs follow.
Mathilde Poire Liqueur (2021) – Heavily floral-herbal on the nose, with notes of lavender, linens, and camphor — all common elements in pear-centric products. There’s plenty of sweet, tinned pear notes on the palate, followed by ample ultra-sweet golden syrup. That dried floral note lingers heavily into the finish, though the sweetness sticks around for an eternity, too. Balance here is elusive, but it’s a lot better than I remember. 36 proof. B
Mathilde Framboise Liqueur (2021) – Intensely jammy on the nose, this melds notes of strawberry and raspberry jelly into a dessert-laden whole, smelling like one of those cookies with the jam in the center. The palate is as sweet as you’d expect, boldy fruity but also a little floral, more strawberry than raspberry at times, with some chocolate in the middle. It (still) lacks the earthiness and depth of Chambord, but if you want something lighter and sweeter — and still desire a splash of red in your cocktail — it gets the job done. Again, better than I remember. 36 proof. B+
Mathilde Cassis Liqueur (2021) – One of the more versatile liqueurs in the mixologist’s toolkit, this creme de cassis is a gut-punch of pruny, extracted fruit, followed by chocolate syrup and a touch of caramel sauce. Gummy and cloying and overwhelming with sugar, this ultra-sweet liqueur eventually allows a hint of acidity to shine through as the finish develops — but the extracted, pruny sweetness seems to endure forever. 32 proof. B- [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
each $15 per 375ml bottle