Monday, 15 September 2014

What Does Wild Bullace Liqueur Taste Like?

I love collecting liqueurs for cocktails and late night sipping, so you can imagine my fierce intrigue when I discovered Demijohn has released a liqueur I've never heard of before. (Especially seeing as we loved the liqueurs of theirs we tried last year so much).

Wild Bullace liqueur is made from... wait for it... wild bullaces. But what the heck is a bullace and why is it wild?

In short, they're a very rare type of plum which grow on British hedgerows (hence the wild bit), and ripen quite late in the year. Last year, it flourished, and so this once-in-a-blue-moon liqueur was created - and, like the British limoncello we told you about last week, Demijohn believe it's the only one of its kind.

I was lucky enough to taste some last week. It's a rich, warming, fruity liqueur with a really pleasing dryness that means you can sip it on its own without it being cloying. Taste-wise, it's quite similar to sloe gin, but it's less punchy on the booze front (23% abv) and has its own unique fruit flavour that makes it interesting and worthwhile for more than just being rare or a novelty.

You can buy a bottle of wild bullace liqueur from the Demijohn online shop for £16.10 for 250ml, or - if you have any empty demijohn bottles and a store near you - you can fill the bottle for £5.40 per 100ml.

If you're looking for a suitable excuse, I can think of none better than a Wild Plum Bellini to toast to the beginning of autumn:


  • 30ml wild bullace liqueur
  • 100ml prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • 1 tsp plum puree
  • Sprig of mint to garnish

Shake it!

1. To make the puree, just blitz a few plums in a blender until they're a smooth paste, and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
2. Then add a teaspoon of the puree to a Champagne flute, pour in the liqueur, and top up with the chilled sparkling wine.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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