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Episode 113: John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum
Episode 11327th January 2023 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 113 features John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum. Bottled in 750ml at 11% ABV, or 22 proof and it retails for about $22.

Enjoy this episode with a pour of John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum mixed in a tiki cocktail if you like.

John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum doesn't have a website I can find, so here's the US Importer's website: https://alpenz.com/product-falernum.html

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • Pre-1800s - Falernum is likely being made in Barbados on sugar estates alongside rum
  • 1821 - The first printed reference to Falernum is found
  • 1890 - John D. Taylor is said to have refined the Falernum recipe into this award-winning liqueur
  • 1934 - Falernum is used in tiki cocktails by Donn Beach at Don's Beachcomber
  • 1970s - Falernum is gone from the US market and global sales decline along with tiki
  • 1993 - R. L. Seale & Co. Ltd. purchases blender Alleyne Arthur who had previously purchased John D. Taylor, bring this version of Velvet Falernum under R. L. Seale & Co. Ltd.'s ownership
  • 2009 - Haus Alpenz begins importing John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum into the US

Key Cocktails:

Try the Corn 'N Oil listed on the back label.

Corn 'N Oil

  • ½ oz. John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum
  • 2 oz. Aged Barbados Rum

Stir in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.

References:

Presentation by Richard Seal of R. L. Seale & Co. Ltd. on the history of Falernum

Wikipedia Article on Falernum

Difford's Guide listing for John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum

John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum Instagram Account

Teakwood Tavern Article on John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum

Punch Article on Rediscovering John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum

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