Cocktails & Spirits

Triple Sec

Triple Sec Blind taste-off, Round 2: DeKuyper vs. Citronge vs. Gran Gala


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Cocktails & Spirits 4

Triple Sec Blind taste-off, Round 2: DeKuyper vs. Citronge vs. Gran Gala

TombstoneShadow | Aug 13, 2013 09:07 PM


1 Bright… very harsh but not unpleasant burning… Orange up front is eclipsed by the middle burn… A very bold orange liqueur

2 Hmmm… just nice yummy-luscious orange… if anything the liqueur almost seems "tame" after 1, but it has the depth and complexity of orange that 1 lacks… I'm thinking maybe a blend of the two might be very worth a try (see post-tasting notes).

3 Richer, almost syrupy… but doesn't bring more orange flavor to the table than the elegant # 2. Lacks the burn of 1 but has more orange than 1… perhaps somewhere between 1 and 2 with a more syrupy texture.

Overall: It's really hard not to give it to 2, for elegance yet depth of flavor…

Post-tasting experiment: combinations

1 and 2: Definitely softens the burn of 1 and dials up the orange notes, but overall not as "orangey" as 2…. Tasted vs. 2 straight I prefer 2 straight….

1, 2, & 3 in combo…better than 1 & 2 in combo… but 2 still my preference…

Could try 2 and 3… why not… now that's not bad… But again, when I sip 2 alongside this, there's a particular orange note that I find with 2 straight that gets lost in these combos… wonder if it might get lost in a marg too?? Perhaps that argues for a higher ratio of this stuff in any margarita…

Bottom line, 2 is my triple-sec baby, until something more impressive comes along:

Revealing the labels:

1: Patron Citronge
2: De Kuyper O3 Premium
3: Gran Gala

Great news is that all 3 of these are good candidates in a superior margarita for my palate, but if you can massage the ratios and bring out the full qualities of 2, you really have a drink to brag about.

Want to stay up to date with this post?