January 11, 2007

Paula's Texas Lemon Liqueur Review

Paula's Texas Lemon
Limoncello Liqueur
60 Proof (30% ABV)
Typical Price: About $24 for 750ml

Paula's Texas Lemon LiqueurWay back in the olden days of 2005, we reviewed a little something called Paula's Texas Orange (PTO). It was one of our favorite orange-flavored drinks of the entire year, and made for some seriously great margaritas and cosmos for the next little while around the office - until we ran out. A few months back, we found out about a new concoction from the very same Paula, and this one is called Paula's Texas Lemon (PTL).

It's modeled on Italian limoncellos, and it tries to do for lemons what PTO did for oranges. We don't know much about limoncello, but we know from lemons. Does that pucker on our face mean we liked it, or did we feel like we ended up with a lemon? Read on to find out.

The Look:
The Paula's Texas Lemon bottle has a very similar look to PTO, with a long slender neck combined with a frosted exterior. The liqueur itself is pale and lemony, and it almost looks like lemonade. Just as with PTO, there don't seem to be any artificial colors to give it the bright yellow Mountain Dew color you might expect from some companies. It looks natural in the glass, and we liked it.

The Nose:
The PTL website says "Sunshine in a bottle," but right out of the gate, when we took our first whiff, we said "lemons." Not quite actual honest to goodness sunshine, but that's a good thing, right? It smelled a bit less tart than we expected, but the lemoniness (is that a word) was there. And we're not talking a Lemon Pledge lemony freshness...we're talking right off the tree.

The Taste:
When we tapped into the bottle, we expected this stuff to be tart...like pucker your lips and fan yourself tart. Maybe not quite Cocktail Kick tart, but tart. The taste we discovered was quite a bit more delicate, with a bit of a sweetness involved that we hadn't expected, though it did taste like real lemons. Just as with PTO, we could taste the pith from the lemons in the drink, which gives a good impression that this is natural stuff instead of something that was whipped up in a lab.

We made Lemon Drops we liked quite a bit, and tried a drink called a Paula's Lemonade we found on the PTL site, and we liked them a lot. We also liked PTL in margaritas, which we hadn't thought to try before, with the lemon and lime flavors mixing well.

The Verdict:
Don't go into this one expecting to pucker, but if you're looking for something a bit more complex and delicate this is your drink. In fact, we consider PTL a gateway drug that makes us want to try limoncellos made by others to see if they measure up. PTL is available in Texas liquor stores, so if you end up in the Lone Star State see if you can grab yourself some lemon.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 11, 2007 7:35 AM
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