Lee Spirits Company has a new product out on store shelves, and it's well-timed for winter. The distillery's new Rocky Mountain peppermint schnapps stands mighty at 45 percent ABV, and it's more frugal than most of their options — Cheers Liquor Mart, for instance, charges $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle of the stuff.
Carlos Garcia, bar manager for Lee Spirits' tasting room, Brooklyn's on Boulder Street, recently dropped a bottle by the Indy offices for us to sample. It uses the same corn-grain neutral spirit that Lee Spirits uses for their gins and liqueurs. The spirit itself looks about like simple syrup in color, not quite clear but close. It's slightly viscous, thanks to added sugar, but it's not nearly as thick or sticky as most liqueurs.
On the nose, it's all clean peppermint with only a hint of sweetness, clean and refreshing but still notably sweeter than the herb itself. It sips with a little inherent sweetness under a strong, true peppermint bite, pretty intense and, as it is on the nose, only faintly sweet. The minty finish lingers, but it's not sticky or cloying. Using candy as a point of reference, it's less like a candy cane than an Altoids mint. Through independent testing, we're able to confirm that it's excellent in coffee and cocoa, and we imagine it serves just as well in a range of cocktails besides. [location-1]
We do notice something curious on the label in our tastings. Ours claims that Lee Spirits Company is in Monument, Colorado. We've heard rumors circulating for some time now, but nobody's talking on-record. Keep an eye out for updates when that changes.