The lactose- and gluten-free, rye whisky-based cream liqueur from the Finnish distillery has arrived just in time for Christmas
When this writer first tried Kyrö Dairy Cream, it was at the Finnish distillery company's home in Isokyrö back in early 2019 (and there may have been a hot tub involved). It made quite an impact – bitter sweet as at the time, distribution in the UK was far from imminent.
Over a year later, and the rye whisky-based liqueur is now available in the UK. It comes off the back of the launch of the distillery's first Malt Rye Whisky which is used as the liqueur's base.
Housed in a former village dairy itself, Kyrö Distillery Company had made its Kyrö Dairy Cream using milk from local small farms, and with no unnatural colours, lactose of gluten. There are also no preservatives, resulting in a shorter shelf life than a lot of other dairy liqueurs (six months from bottling, four weeks in the fridge after opening).
The result is a beautifully smooth liqueur, with a light malty hue. On the nose, malted notes of vanilla, rye bread and slight liquorice come through, while on the palate, chocolate, the single malt and more toffee sweetness, but not oversweet at all. The finish is long with a luxuriously full mouthfeel and a delicate warmth.
The makers suggest serving it on its own over ice, or with cold brew coffee. Delicious.
16% abv, RRP £19.95/500ml, Master of Malt, masterofmalt.com