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A TASTE OF AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH
Member Name: lak11
Date: 29/10/12, updated on 30/10/12 (287 review reads)
Advantages: Nice taste and blends well
Disadvantages: Can be expensive if not on offer
~~~A TASTE OF AMERICA'S SOUTH FIRST SAMPLED IN MALTA~~~
When I first sampled the spirit southern Comfort I was spending a month on the Mediterranean island of Malta with a friend and her family. Myself and my friend were both teenagers and we had a fabulous time in the sun and enjoyed a great night-life too. My friend's father's family are from Malta and they had/have friends and family living and working in Malta, some of who worked in a club near to where we were staying. Well this club was where we both were given this drink.
This holiday was back in the 1970s and then food and drink was relatively cheap (compared to the United Kingdom that is) in Malta. We tasted a few drinks new to us but, I think it's true to say that, out of those tried Southern Comfort was mine, and my friend's, favoured drink during that lovely long holiday.
We didn't try this spirit straight and, even if we had wanted to; I don't think my friend's father would have allowed this. For us, our measure of Southern Comfort was served in a long glass with a splash of lime and quite a lot of lemonade, topped with ice and slices of fresh lemon and limes and sometimes would even be decorated as with cocktails, and straws were added to the glass. How posh were we! This made a lovely refreshing drink which wasn't too strong but had an interesting quite subtle taste to it.
Once back in England and our new jobs we still met frequently. If we were out for drinks then we would sometimes drink Southern Comfort but I recall that if I were drinking a spirit it would usually be Smirnoff vodka or dry Martini and I seem to recall my friend being partial to Martini too.
Now, many years later and I still drink Southern Comfort occasionally. Usually this will be at times such as over the Christmas season, especially if having a drink with a sister-in-law whose favourite drink is Southern Comfort; she mixes this with ginger ale (Canada Dry to be more precise) and I stick to lemonade. My sister-in-law loves to add a slice of orange to this tipple and insists it tastes much better than with the more often used slices of lemon or lime.
I also drink this spirit, sometimes, at family gatherings if vodka is in short supply or, just occasionally, for a change from vodka. Although I enjoy a glass or two of wine I always prefer to drink spirits at parties.
Although I don't drink too much of it I always have a bottle in my drinks cupboard, mainly so that when my sister-in-law visits her favourite drink can be offered (although I sometimes forget to buy an orange to slice!).
And sometimes when sitting out in the garden in the summer; this isn't often which makes it feel 'special', I will try to mimic those long gone days of my youth when I spent a whole month in Malta, and will find a long glass, add a measure of Southern Comfort, a splash of lime and more than a splash of lemonade and finish off with lots of ice. I honestly think if you want a long cool refreshing drink which is interesting but only of a low alcohol content (as long as not too much of the spirit is included of course), then you really can't beat this; it's gorgeous! Also, because the southern Comfort is coloured (a medium, spicy amber colour) so that even when diluted with lemonade it retains a colour, making it look more interesting, I think, than a drink based on a white spirit, such as vodka, gin or Bacardi.
I also love the smell of Southern Comfort, which is unusual for me with spirits. I know several people who have been reluctant to try this drink as they believe it tastes strong like whisky (or whiskey if you are Irish!) but I don't like whisky or indeed the smell of it; Southern Comfort doesn't smell too strong and although I'm smelling it now(not drinking it though, I hasten to add!) I find it difficult to describe the aroma, but would say it has a spicy smell with just a hint of something stronger but, in my opinion, it definitely has a pleasant bouquet.
Although the drink is essentially whiskey in its base, it doesn't taste, to me, much of whiskey. I find it to be a smooth and interesting drink of spices and just a small hint of whiskey.
Even the bottle is attractive, I think, being nicely shaped. The glass has SOUTHERN and COMFORT in relief, down either side, incorporated into the design to help in showing this is original Southern Comfort and not a cheaper imitation.
The label on the front, printed in red and gold informs potential tasters that Southern Comfort (New Orleans Original) was established in 1874.
Another label lets us know that Southern Comfort is 35% proof.
ORIGINATED IN AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH
"Southern Comfort is a unique blend of natural fruit, spice and whiskey flavors that together create a distinct taste. It's this combination that makes
Southern Comfort great tasting on its own or mixed in your favorite drinks. Read below to find out more about how Southern Comfort grew from our birthplace in New Orleans to a spirit enjoyed around the world."
M.W. Heron was pouring drinks at McCauley's Saloon in New Orleans, USA. Heron soon realized his customers needed a smoother, more refined drink. So, he experimented with fruits, spices and flavors to create "Cuffs and Buttons." This drink would eventually become what we all know and love today as
My favourite is Southern Comfort Original but it is also available in other variations such as:
Southern Comfort 100 Proof
Southern Comfort Special Reserve
Southern Comfort Lime
Southern Comfort Lemonade & Lime
Southern Comfort & Cola
Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper
Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
For the purpose of reviewing this drink, I looked into my not-that-often-opened drinks cupboard (at home if I fancy a drink in the evening it's more likely to be wine and this I don't keep in the drinks cupboard) and realised that there only remains about an inch and a quarter of this spirit in the bottle, therefore I will be looking for bargains in the next few weeks so that I can purchase a bottle in time for Christmas and my sister-in-law.
Currently Southern Comfort can be bought from:
(Prices for 70cl size)
Sainsbury's £20.80 £16.00 (Valid until: 06/11/2012)
Summary: A versatile drink