Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur

Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur

I Paid: $8.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 4 stars

Marketing: 2 stars

Flavored liqueurs justly have a bad reputation: Typically they’re artificial confections of overwhelming sweetness. We don’t ask a lot of the Baileys of the world, and perhaps that’s a shame.

On that note, it’s easy to see why Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur might not inspire a lot of confidence. Nine dollars for a bottle of pumpkin-flavored novelty drink? Ugh.

And yet: This is the rare mass-marketed liqueur that exceeds expectations. While not mind-boggling in its subtlety or quality, this 12.5-percent-ABV product basically works. Its thick, light brown liquid starts sweet, and has a satisfying pumpkin-pie-spice base with nutmeg and cinnamon notes, plus gourd-inspired funkiness. It ends with a bit of a chemical hollowness that is not pleasing, but not overwhelming … and not unexpected at the price.

If your ambition is to mix pumpkin White Russians or do Thanksgiving-themed shots (and believe me, I suggest both of these things without judgment), this is the serviceable, highly affordable stuff that’ll get the job done.

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