Cornwall LivingIssue #125

In high spirits

Enjoy a tipple from the Tamar with unique recipe Cornish liqueurs, carefully handcrafted in small batches.

When most would be considering retirement, Cliff and Liz West, who enjoyed most of their working life as dairy farmers on the banks of the River Tamar, decided to try their hand at making their favourite spiced rum liqueur. It began as a hobby, and after many long hours of research and development, the Silver Award-winning Toffee Apple (Rum) Liqueur, was born and has remained a customers’ favourite ever since.

Monarch Liqueurs is nestled in the tranquil Tamar Valley, and its now comprehensive range of rum, gin, whisky, vodka and brandy-based liqueurs are produced in small batches and easily recognised under their Tamar Tipple banner, complete with an iconic logo of nearby Druxton Bridge. Every unique recipe liqueur is presented in a bottle that has been washed, dried, filled, capped, ribboned and labelled by hand in Cornwall, resulting in beautiful, keep-sake bottles that look every bit as good as the contents taste.

This dynamic duo’s passion for developing new and exclusive flavours, with the finest ingredients sourced locally wherever possible, means that there is something for every palette across the range.

Cornish Black Bee Honey is used to flavour the Honey and Spice Rum Liqueur, while the addition of Cornish Sea Salt adds depth to the Salted Caramel Rum Liqueur. Over the years, recipes have been tweaked to reduce sugar content in line with modern tastes and only fresh spring water is used in the mixing process. It’s no surprise then, that Monarch Liqueurs now has seven Silver awards and two Gold awards from Taste of the West under its belt! These include Silver for the Honey & Spice Rum liqueur, the Spiced Orange Whisky and the Salted Caramel Rum liqueur, plus Gold for the delicious Peach Brandy Liqueur and Apple Brandy Liqueur. And as Cliff and Liz continue to work on new and exciting flavours, like the recently released Spirit of Lanson gin, there are bound to be more to come!

The liqueurs themselves are smooth enough to enjoy on their own, and are also delicious when added to a coffee or hot chocolate for a decadent treat. 

With online ordering and bespoke gift boxes available, you can enjoy a tasty tipple from Cornwall, wherever you are!

Monarch Liqueurs