Paul’s Pies – Blueberry Pie Pie Liquor
Review: Paul’s Pies – Blueberry Pie Liquor (80.5/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on January 7, 2016
Radouga Distilleries is a small distillery which began operations in Blaine Lake Saskatchewan (near Saskatoon) on November 20th 2014. Recently I met one of their sales reps (D’arcy Nemanishin) at the November Edmonton Food and Wine Show. We chatted briefly and I sampled the distillery’s 7-time distilled Provincial Vodka (review to follow). After the show D’arcy arranged for me to receive a few samples of their line-up of Paul’s Pies Liqueurs (Paul Riben is the Owner/CEO of the distillery).
Paul Riben distills all of Radouga Distilleries products using grain that Paul grows himself. The operation is a true field to glass operation. I sampled (and my wife sampled) both the Apple and Blueberry Liqueurs over the holidays, and I have decided to share my thoughts here on my website. This is the review for Paul’s Blueberry Pie Liqueur.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
Paul’s Pie liqueurs arrive in the small 375 ml jug-like bottle shown to the left. The spirits have an old-fashioned look complete with the charm of small ring on the neck of the bottle. The front of the bottle has a picture of who I presume must be Paul’s wife (whoever Paul is) holding a baked pie which is apparently fresh from the oven.
The back of the bottle tells us that each of the liqueurs produced at Radouga Distilleries are hand crafted from all natural products. The Blueberry Pie Liqueur is produced from Blueberry Juice, Alcohol, and Sugar. It is bottled at 25 % alcohol by volume.
In the Glass 8/10
The immediate aroma from the glass of Paul’s Pie Blueberry Pie liqueur is perhaps more reminiscent of blueberry juice than blueberry pie (with perhaps a touch of wine/cider in the background). There is some sweetness arising from the glass which complements the blueberry; but little in the way of identifiable spice.
I would describe the aroma as pleasant rather than engaging.
In the Mouth 48/60
As I sip, I again notice that light impression of cider riding alongside the blueberry flavour. Whereas when I reviewed the Apple Pie Liqueur from Radouga, I thought the Apple Pie flavour was well represented by the spirit, however; I am finding the Blueberry liqueur to be just off the mark a touch. The flavour is very nice, but I found when I served both spirits to my family and to guests, they were drawn more strongly to the Apple Pie Liqueur.
One facet of the Blueberry Pie spirit which seemed to work better for me than the Apple Pie Spirit was my ability to use it as a cocktail ingredient. For cocktail which require blueberry syrup or a blueberry liqueur the Blueberry pie liqueur is a great substitute. (see recipe below)
In the Throat 12/15
It is in the finish that I seem to notice that impression of cider the most. There is an ever so light impression of fermented juice in the finish which linger just a little while, and then disappears. It is difficult to decide if the impression is positive or negative as it seems to distract from the impression of Blueberry pie, yet it is a pleasant taste nevertheless.
The Afterburn 8/10
The Blueberry Pie Liqueur from Radouga Distilleries was a fun product to review. It is hard to dislike Blueberry Pie in a glass. As indicated, my family and friends seemed to prefer the Apple Pie liqueur which is why I scored it higher; however I should point out that I did find the Blueberry Pie Liqueur more versatile for mixology.
You may read some of my other reviews of Liqueurs and Flavoured Spirits (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
2 oz White Rum
1 oz Blueberry Pie Liqueur
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Bols Blue Curacao
Soda or Sparkling water
Add the first four ingredients into a tall ice filled glass
Complete with soda
You may garnish with lemon slices or Blueberries
Note: If you are interested in more original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!
My Scores are out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret them as follows:
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing spirit. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails.)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)