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John D Taylor's Velvet Falernum

John D Taylor's Velvet Falernum

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John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum: A Taste of Barbadian Tradition 

John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum is a liqueur steeped in Barbadian history.  Claimed by many to be the original falernum, this delightful concoction boasts a heritage dating back to 1890. Not only is Velvet Falernum a testament to Barbadian ingenuity, but it's also a versatile ingredient that can elevate your cocktail creations.

This detailed tasting note will guide you through the unique flavour profile of John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum, exploring its aromas, taste, and finish. We'll also delve into the history of falernum and suggest some fantastic serving options to tantalise your taste buds.

A Link to the Past: The History of Falernum

Falernum's origins are shrouded in a touch of mystery. Some believe it originated in Barbados, while others suggest it may have come from 17th-century English sailors who encountered a similar drink in Southeast Asia. Regardless of its exact birthplace, falernum became a cherished part of Barbadian culture, particularly within the realm of cocktails.

John D. Taylor, a resident of Bridgetown, Barbados, is credited with creating Velvet Falernum in 1890. The liqueur's name pays homage to the famed Roman wine, Falernian, known for its exceptional quality. While the two beverages share no relation in terms of ingredients, the name Velvet Falernum hints at the luxurious taste experience that awaits.

Unveiling the Velvet: Aroma and Taste Profile

John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum is a beautiful amber colour, hinting at the sunshine-kissed Barbadian sugar cane used in its production. As you raise the glass to your nose, a wave of warm, inviting aromas greets you. The sweetness of sugarcane takes centre stage, interwoven with the zest of fresh limes and a touch of nuttiness from the almonds. Subtle hints of clove add a touch of complexity, creating a truly captivating bouquet.

The first sip of Velvet Falernum is a revelation. The luxuriously smooth texture coats the palate, followed by a burst of flavours that mirrors the enticing aroma. The sweetness of sugarcane forms the base, balanced beautifully by the tartness of lime. The almonds emerge once again, adding a gentle nuttiness that complements the other elements. The subtle warmth of cloves lingers at the back of the tongue, providing a touch of intrigue and a satisfying finish.

Beyond the Bottle: Serving Suggestions for John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum

John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum is more than just a delicious drink; it's a versatile ingredient that can transform your cocktail repertoire. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • The Classic: Rum Swizzle - This quintessential Barbadian cocktail is the perfect introduction to the magic of Velvet Falernum. Combine Velvet Falernum with aged rum, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, and crushed ice for a refreshing and flavourful drink.
  • Tropical Twist: Tiki Cocktails - Velvet Falernum's unique profile makes it a fantastic addition to Tiki cocktails. Try adding a splash to your Mai Tai, Daiquiri, or Piña Colada for an extra layer of complexity and a touch of Barbadian sunshine.
  • Modern Mixology: Experimentation Awaits - Don't be afraid to experiment with Velvet Falernum in your own cocktail creations. Its sweet and spicy notes pair well with a variety of spirits, from whiskey and bourbon to gin and tequila.

In Conclusion: A Taste of Paradise

John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum is a unique and flavourful liqueur with a rich history. Its smooth texture, delightful aroma, and balanced taste profile make it a pleasure to sip on its own or use as a cocktail ingredient. Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or just starting to explore the world of cocktails, Velvet Falernum is sure to become a cherished part of your bar cart.

Looking to experience the taste of Barbadian tradition for yourself?  Look no further than The General Wine Co. We offer John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum alongside a wide selection of spirits and cocktail ingredients.  Visit our website or our store in Liphook to explore the world of flavours and discover your new favourite tipple.


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