Here’s a little twist on the cream liqueur space: Michigan-based Round Barn’s Black Walnut Cream is made not from distilled spirit as a base but from wine, into which cream and natural walnut flavors are added. The resulting cream is low in alcohol and have with nutty elements, particularly on the toasty, vanilla-scented nose. Notes of butterscotch emerge with some time in glass. On the palate, things are sweeter than expected, with a hint of grape jelly fading to strawberry over time. Bold vanilla and milky chocolate notes take over as the nutty character fades. The only bummer: A somewhat cloying, saccharine note on the finish.
B / $22 / roundbarn.com
If you finagle a bottle, try it in Round Barn’s signature cocktail:
Strawberry Cream Martini
5 oz. Round Barn Black Walnut Cream
1 oz. Monin Wild Strawberry simple syrup
Rim a martini glass with chocolate and sprinkles, and set glass aside. Combine the Black Walnut Cream, Monin Wild simple syrup, and ice in a shaker. Strain into the martini glass.