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Starting back in 1695, DeKuyper Royal Distilleries, is a dutch firm, exporting in 1911 once the business had expanded. It gained the Royal title in 1995 from the Queen Beatrice of Netherlands to celebrate its 300th Anniversary. DeKupyer as well as producing 25 liqueurs and 7 flavoured brandies , including trip sec and various schnapps, and took over the Warnik company that produces advocaat. It also produces ready to drink shots like "sex on the beach" and "kamikaze". Brandy is a word derived from the dutch brandewijn, which means burnt wine and is a spirit made from distilled wine, generally containing 35-60% alcohol and is widely concerned as an after dinner drink, often being drunk in a snifter (short stemmed glass with large rounded bottom). Brandy can actually be dated as far back as the 12th century. Im personally not keen on plain brandy but have a weakness for the fruit versions, especially cherry and apricot. This cherry version is made from red and dark cherries. I have only as a treat and generally its a christmas tipple but do like DeKupyer, although can have a bit of an aftertaste and I personally prefer Bols version as feel it is smoother in taste. This aftertaste is described as almond and marzipan and is bitter. I always have as a shot but generally take care, as its very sweet and easy to drink but due to the alcohol content of 24% can be very easy to have too much. It comes in a brown bottle and is 70cl. Amazon sell for £13.70, I personally tend to keep my eye out for offers and aim to spend about £10. Its a gorgeous reddy coloured when poured and you can smell the cherries. Im going to rate 4/5 as it has a bitter aftertaste but is a nice drink if drank in moderation.
De Kuyper Cherry Brandy is 24% alcohol and can currently be purchased from Amazon for £13.50 for a 70cl bottle. It is presented in a dark brown bottle that had a long neck and has a red and gold label. The cherry brandy is exported from Holland and is a liqueur made from cherries and warming spices. It has a strong cherry scent and is sweet to taste with deep flavours of red cherries, cinnamon and it is blended with brandy to give it that strength of alcoholic taste. It has a smooth finish and also I detect hints of marzipan, the flavour does not linger too long but the scent remains whilst you are drinking it. I tend to drink it mixed with champagne, to give it a nice twist and change the colour. I have tried drinking it on its own with ice, but I find it too strong in terms of sweetness. This brandy can be mixed with many other drinks to make cocktails such as a Black Cat that consists of cola, vodka, cherry brandy and cranberry juice. Overall this is a nice tasting fruity cherry brandy that offers sweet strong flavours, it is a versatile drink and I would recommend it people who enjoy fruit based liqueurs and cocktails.
==De Kuyper Cherry Brandy Liqueur== At Christmas I was making some cherry chocolate truffles which needed to have some cherry brandy in the ingredients. This was not something that I had lying around so my first port of call was into our local Morrison's to see if they had any. After 10 minutes of searching the shelves but coming up with nothing I decided to ask a spotty looking store worker to see if he knew whether the store stocked an item and surprisingly enough he knew exactly where it was! The bottle which the brandy is in is not instantly recognisable as a cherry brandy and because the bottle is small it wasn't easy to pick out of all the bottles on the shelf. The green glass design holds a 50 cl amount of the drink and although the labels and stopper of the bottle are red I think the labelling is not very clear as the font of the "Cherry Brandy" is in a really italic style and not very easy to read. However I had found what I wanted even if the price of it wasn't especially cheap at £14.99 p! These were going to be some expensive truffles I was about to make. There wasn't' any other choice however as in Morrison's this was the only cherry Brandy available so I had no other choice. The brandy is of 24% alcoholic volume which is not very strong but for a liqueur is not bad and it did certainly give my truffles a nice kick. I only needed a fraction of the bottle for my recipe so I have had this bottle in the cabinet since Christmas and haven't really got it out since. However the cherry flavour of the brandy really is very nice (If you like cherries) and very strong in aroma too. It is not one of the thicker textured liqueurs that I have tried and drinking it on its own does make for a rather overpowering tasting drink (I have had to have one for review purposes). The taste of the cherries is rather lingering in the mouth and the smooth and rich drink does warm you from the inside out so makes for a great winter time drink. On the whole it is probably not something that I would buy to drink on its own as it is more of a drink to be included in a recipe as the taste is really rather strong and you couldn't have a whole liqueur glass full without feeling sickly. I think the fact that its probably going to sit in my cabinet until I use it again and the fact that it did make my truffles taste delicious means that I have got to award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and very high recommendation. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you many thanks for taking the time to read.
I first discovered cherry brandy in my first year of university. I originally tried it purely because a cherry brandy and coke was a reasonably priced drink in my student union! But I fell in love with it after my first sip and savoured the lovely cherry flavour. Since leaving uni I regularly buy cherry brandy for parties and gatherings and have since introduced it to friends who have also fallen for its charms. Even my best friend who doesn't normally like cherry flavoured things likes it! De Kuyper Cherry Flavour brandy is available in larger supermarkets but not so easy to find in smaller shops or off licenses. I get mine in Tesco where it costs £9.99 for a 50cl bottle which I think is a reasonable price. It is also available online - for example thedrinkshop.com offer a 70cl bottle for £13.89. The bottle itself is quite luxurious and expensive looking. It comes in a dark green glass bottle with dark red labels featuring the usual De Kuyper logo. The bottle also informs you that it is made in Holland and that it is 24% alcohol. Upon opening the bottle you are greeted by a rich, decadent smell bursting with a cherry aroma. When you pour it out it is thick and deep red. It looks fantastic quality and not remotely weak or watery. Taste wise it is heavenly. I don't normally like brandy, it really isn't something I enjoy. But this does not taste like normal brandy. It tastes like fresh, ripe cherries bursting with flavour. This is complimented beautifully by a sweet almond taste, achieved by crushed cherry kernels. The cherry and almond mix is enhanced by subtle spices including cloves and cinnamon which gives it a luxurious after taste. This brandy is smooth, thick and is wonderfully warming as it goes down. It is a delight to drink. The actual brandy can be detected slightly but it is blended well with the complex flavours of the cherries, almonds and spices so just provides an alcoholic kick rather than a flavour. Cherry brandy can be consumed in a variety of ways. It is lovely on its own because it is smooth and full of flavour. Another common way to drink it is with coke (preferably diet) and this was how I first tried it. The cherry blends beautifully with the coke and provides you with a sweet, fruity refreshing tipple. Or the cherry brandy is a perfect ingredient for a variety of cocktails, its beautiful flavour allowing you to create an array of unique cocktails. I've included a list of some lovely cherry brandy based cocktails at the end of the review. As far as the effects of cherry brandy are concerned I always find that it gets me pleasantly drunk. It is not too strong but is strong enough to have an effect after a few, particularly if you have it in cocktails with other alcohol. I find that because it is better quality alcohol the actual 'drunkness' is happy and relaxed and there hangover the next day is not too painful! I think this drink is nice at any time of year. It is great for Christmas because of its colour and the lovely warm feeling it gives you. But I also do like to have it in the summer with some coke and ice or use it to create some really exotic, fruity tasting cocktails which are brilliant for summer parties. Overall this is a quality beverage that is wonderfully diverse and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the year. Recommended cocktails: *Totally Tropical* 1 shot Disaronno Amaretto 1 shot Cherry Brandy 2 shots white wine 2 shots pineapple juice 2 shots of lime juice Top up lemonade Shake with cubed ice then strain into a highball glass and top up with lemonade. *Sand Dance* 1 shot whiskey 1.5 shot cherry brandy 1 shot lime juice Top up with cranberry juice Half fill a highball with ice, pour in all ingredients and stir. *Alien Sky* 1 shot white rum 1 shot cherry brandy 4.5 shots pineapple juice 3 shots orange juice 0.75 shot Blue Curacao Shake all ingredients together except blue curacao and strain into highball half filled with ice. Top with the blue curacao but do not stir. *Fizzing Cherry* 1.5 shots cherry brandy 2 shots orange juice 1 shot lime juice Top up lemonade Shake first three ingredients with ice then strain into a glass half filled with ice. Top up with lemonade and gently stir.
The story of why Laura loves cherry brandy is just a wee bit embarrassing. See, as a small child I was practically addicted to Calpol - the cherry kind. My mum swears I would try faking illnesses to get a taste. Then I grew up, someone gave me a glass of cherry brandy, I exclaimed "it tastes just like calpol!" and lo and behold a new favourite drink was born. I have to admit, De Kuyper doesn't taste QUITE like Calpol. There's a hint in there that reminds me a bit of fruit cake - maybe of Christmas cake? But the Calpol flavour is there, terribly sweet and cherry-flavoured and syrupy. If you don't like sweet drinks you will hate this. It is INCREDIBLY sweet. It's also fairly strong. At 24% don't go gulping this down or you'll regret it. Small glasses and moderation is the way to go here. It's not really a summer drink. It's too strong, too heavy, too warm. It's a drink for winter when you have a cold and you're miserable and want warming up. At £8.95 for 50cl it's nicely affordable (especially as my friends and family know my Calpol weakness and get me it as a Christmas present.) If you don't mind sweetness in your drinks (or were another Calpol addict) give it a try!
Like many people I buy products for the Christmas period that I would not normally buy during the rest of the year. I also like to make special food and try out new recipes. I always make a traditional sherry trifle but this year thought I would try something different. I found a wonderful recipe in my Nigella Lawson Feast cookery book for a chocolate trifle using cherry brandy. Cherry Brandy is not a drink I usually buy so I had no idea which brand to choose. In the end I bought a bottle of De Kuyper cherry brandy form my local Tesco as this was the lowest priced cherry brandy available. A potted history. *************** The De Kuyper royal distillery was founded in 1695.Petrus De Kuyper worked as a coppersmith with his casks being used to export gin and beer. Later his son Johannes bought a distillery and began producing Dutch gin to export. Johannes began producing liqueur in 1920 and by the mid 1930's was producing several liqueurs including cherry brandy. The De Kuyper brand has gone from strength to strength and in 1995 was awarded the Dutch title- Royal Distillers. To -day the De Kuyper family are still very much involved in the production of the brand. The product. *************** De Kuyper cherry brandy is made in Holland. As the name suggests the liqueur is made from dark red cherries and brandy. Spices such as cloves and cinnamon are added to complete the unique taste. The cherry kernels are also used in making the drink and it is this that gives the unique almond aroma and taste. The liqueur is a lovely deep red colour. As you would expect the liqueur has a thick, sticky consistency, and you really don't need much as it is 24% .I love the taste of this cherry brandy, a really lovely mix of almonds and cherries. I am not a fan of brandy but cherry brandy is a completely different drink. I can't say I am aware of the spices that are added which is just as well as I hate the taste of cloves! As I said I bought my bottle of cherry brandy to add to a trifle recipe. However with a whole bottle at my disposal I thought I would try some cocktails. Cherry Brandy is lovely to drink just on its own with lots of ice. I like a small glass after a special meal. It is very warming and somehow comforting. I also like it mixed with the lemon juice. For this put a few ice cubes into a glass. Fill the glass about ½ way with cherry brandy and then add the juice of ½ a lemon. Stir and add a slice of lemon to complete. Happy youth recipe. ***************** 1 oz cherry brandy. 1 oz sugar 1 tsp of orange juice. 3 oz champagne. Pour the cherry brandy and orange juice over the sugar in a champagne flute. Add the champagne and serve. I have made this using sparkling wine and it tastes great! It will also give you a first class hang over if you drink too much! You have been warned. In case you are wondering the trifle was delicious! I adapted Nigella's recipe a bit! Chocolate cherry trifle. _____________________ 2 chocolate loaf cakes-I used 2 from Waitrose and took out the butter cream. Cherry jam. 125 ml of cherry brandy. Cherries-stoned. Chocolate custard. _________________ 100g dark chocolate. 350ml milk. 350ml double cream. 8 egg yolks. 125g caster sugar. 40g cocoa. For the topping. _________________ 750ml double cream. Chocolate to decorate. 1. Separate the chocolate loaf cakes and remove butter cream. Cut into slices and sandwich them together with the cherry jam. 2. Place in a glass bowl and pour over the cherry brandy. 3. Stone the cherries. I used fresh cherries. This is a bit of a chore but I don't like tinned cherries! 4. Cover with cling film. 5. Make the custard. Break up the chocolate and melt over a saucepan of simmering water. Its best to put the chocolate pieces into a bowl and the put the bowl into the saucepan to prevent the chocolate burning. 6. Warm the milk in a saucepan and whisk the egg yolks. 7. Add the cocoa powder and sugar. 8. Pour the warm milk and cream into the bowl with the egg yolk mix. 9. Add the melted chocolate. 10. Pour the mixture back into a saucepan and whisk over a low heat until it thickens. 11. Once it's thickened remove from the heat and let it cool. Cover with Clingfilm. 12. Pour the custard over the sponge mixture. Leave to set in the fridge. 13. When the custard has set add the whipped cream and decorate with grated chocolate. I added some more cherries just before I served the trifle. It is really yummy! The verdict ********* I am definitely a fan of cherry brandy and the De Kuyper brand is certainly a quality product. I'm not sure I would be able to tell the difference between De Kuyper and its main rival Bols however. De Kuyper cherry brandy is not always easy to find but Tesco stock it and a 50cl bottle will cost you £8.97. It is also available from some online alcohol stores at various prices. I would recommend it for special occasions and that trifle is to die for!
In 1695, Petrus De Kuyper and Anna Custers married. Petrus was at this time a cask maker for Dutch gin and beer, but after his marriage decided to use his skills to join forces with his wife and found their own family business producing spirits (and later liqueurs). This proved to be an excellent decision. The business is still owned by the same family Bob De Kuyper being the current managing director and it has grown to become the worlds largest producer of cocktail liqueurs, exporting around 50 million bottles to over 100 countries worldwide each year. In recognition of 300 years of service to the drinks industry, De Kuyper was awarded the Dutch title Royal Distillers in 1995. The De Kuyper business produces many wonderful drinks, but probably their best known (and most widely available) in the UK is their Cherry Brandy. De Kuyper Cherry Brandy is a drink that just exudes quality, tradition and sophistication. A heady blend of dark red cherries, subtle spices and finest brandy, this is a drink that you are more likely to find offered after dinner in an upmarket restaurant than behind the bar of your local or lurking on the shelves of Booze Buster. Having said this, do not let the snob value of this drink put you off trying it; I acquired my latest bottle from Tesco, where 50cl will cost you a not unreasonable £8.97. Should you be Tesco-less, it is also available from a range of online suppliers, such as the excellent www.thedrinkshop.com, where 70cl bottles are currently selling for £13.19. Pouring from the dark green bottle, the drink comes out a startling deep red colour, almost like pouring blood into your glass (making it excellent to serve at Halloween!). The liquid is thick and rich (think liquid velvet), unlike many other insipid cherry brandies I have tried, which have had a watery consistency and a taste like cheap glace cherries. De Kuyper, on the other hand, gives an intense aroma of red and black cherries with just a hint of almonds, which apparently comes from crushing the cherry kernels into the blend as the liqueur is distilled and sets off the cherry flavouring beautifully. I love the combination of cherry and almond flavouring, and the anticipation of the aroma is followed through with the taste, which is smooth and rounded. The warm, fruity flavour of cherries is finished off with a gentle spicing, although De Kuyper decline to comment on what these exotic herbs actually are (I sometimes think that I can detect cinnamon, although I am never quite sure about this). The intense cherry flavour is so powerful that you can barely taste the brandy; it is almost like the brandy is a carrier for the cherries and nothing more. This suits me just fine, as I am not exactly a brandy drinker! This drink is, in my opinion, best savoured in an after dinner capacity rather than being something you can knock back all evening the richness of the drink makes it slightly sickly (not to mentioned pretty strong at 24% alcohol) and I can rarely drink more than one glass of De Kuyper at a sitting and I feel it works better as an end-of-evening tipple rather than an aperitif. The warming nature of the drink makes it preferable to drink in winter (it is a wonderful festive tipple and drinking it does remind of Christmas). Dont chill the bottle (it will just kill the flavour), but serve over ice to savour the cherry flavours at their best. If you feel like being a bit more adventurous, then you might like to try it in a cocktail. One of the easiest is the Cherry Coke for Adults, which is simply a blend of the cherry brandy and Diet Coke (I feel the lighter, sharper flavour of Diet Coke works better than the fuller bodied Coke, which can swamp the cherry a bit). Other good recipes for those with a more expansive drinks cabinet are: **Black Cat** 1 shot vodka 1 shot De Kuyper Cherry Brandy 2 shots Coke/Diet Coke 2 shots cranberry juice Mix well and serve over ice. **Emma Peel** 1 shot De Kuyper Cherry Brandy 1 shot pineapple juice Top up with champagne Build the ingredients in a glass and mix lightly to serve. **Fizzing Cherry** 1.5 shots De Kuyper Cherry Brandy 2 shots orange juice 1 shot lime juice Top up with lemonade Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into a glass half filled with fresh ice cubes. Top up with lemonade and gently stir. **Gin and Cherry Sling** 2 shots gin 1 shot De Kuyper Cherry Brandy Top up with soda Put some crushed ice in a glass. Pour on the gin, followed by the cherry brandy. Top up with soda as desired. **Mums The Word** 1 shot vodka 1 shot De Kuyper Cherry Brandy 3 shots orange juice Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. **Red Mist** 1 shot De Kuyper Cherry Brandy 1 shot cranberry juice Top up with champagne Build the ingredients into a glass. Stir gently to combine berry and cherry flavours. Overall, a highly recommended beverage. **Useful Websites** www.dekuyper.com www.dekuyperliqueurs.com www.thedrinkshop.com