When your biggest competition are Dekuyper and Bols chances are pretty good that you’ve got a product worth looking at more than once. It has been some time since my first visit to the Glaser tasting room and I’m still licking my lips over some of their offerings. As a craft distillery it can be hard to compete on the more simple spirits. White rum, vodka, tequila and even dark rum have numerous big names making excellent products. With the much higher overheads that craft distillers face they can’t compete on price on those kinds of products. Enter the flavors and liqueurs. I have seldom found a major label that does liqueurs with any kind of aplomb. Be it limoncello, creme de Cassis, or even just a simple flavored whiskey craft usually has the time and the attention to make a product worth drinking. Such is definitely the case at Glaser Distilling. This little offshoot of a Roseburg winery has 4 different liqueurs currently on offer and each of them is excellent.
In particular I want to focus on their butterscotch liqueur. Limoncello is becoming a fad and can be found in a lot of new places, you can’t swing a growler without knocking over a display of a dozen local coffee liqueurs and chocolate is equally ubiquitous. Butterscotch is something I have seldom seen outside of a college shot party.
What makes the difference here is Glaser’s attention to detail. Your typical bottom shelf butterscotch “schnapps” is a wad of fake sugar, fake flavor and sometimes fake color. A gut bomb of artificial ingredients at less than $10 a bottle. Glaser distilling makes their own butterscotch which gives this liqueur an even brown sugar flavor and an inviting brown color that can only come from a real caramelization process. The flavors are rich with the deep molasses tones and bright buttery notes.
If you’re planning a college party and someone wants to make buttery nipples a bottle of bols will do, if you need something classy to sweeten up a cocktail you can’t do any better than Glaser’s Butterscotch Liqueur.