Review: Luxardo Triplum Triple Sec Orange
Luxardo’s expression of triple sec — formally known as Triplum “triple sec orange” — follows the traditional recipe, using three types of dried citrus peels: “mainly curaçao (a bitter orange of the Dutch Antilles, from the island of that name), together with sweet oranges and mandarins.” The liqueur is double distilled, then additional ingredients are added, including dried orange flowers (zagara), pennyroyal, vervain, and others, before filtration, proofing, and sugaring.
The clear liqueur is crisp with sweet citrus notes — cara cara oranges come to mind — but its floral elements are also evident on the nose, a gentle note of honeysuckle and orange blossom providing a pleasant twist. Lively and vibrant on the palate, those floral notes again make a heavy impression, offering a perfumed counterpoint to the creamy, fruit-forward body. As it develops on the tongue, mandarin notes become dominant, the finish sweetening up further with notes of vanilla and milk chocolate.
Versatile and light on its feet — despite a 39% abv — this triple sec will elevate any cocktail you use it in, if only slightly.
A / $29 / luxardo.it
I find it to be an excellent, lower cost substitute for overpriced Cointreau in many cocktails.
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I subbed this for my normal dry curacao out of necessity and was initially overwhelmed by how floral it is. The orange blossom note can take over cocktails if too much is used. I had to reduce my ratio by about a quarter on my recipes, but once I found the balance I began to like the product a lot more.