Ultimate Beverage Challenge 87 points - Heavy orange peel and honeysuckle aromas lead into delicious brown sugar, orange, clove and dried apricot in the mouth. The finish is mellow and filled with lasting orange overtones. (Mar 2013)
This lively liqueur is made from a blend of premium triple oranges and mature, barrel-aged, Italian brandy. The craftsmen at Stock imbued the liqueur with a fetching bronze color and supple, medium-weight body. Its expansive bouquet is loaded with the aroma of fresh oranges and delicate notes of almonds and brandy. The lush, semi-sweet palate is an offering of zesty orange and lemon flavors, and sumptuous Italian brandy. The liqueur sports a warm, flavorful finish.
The natural inclination is to serve Gran Gala in a heated snifter or on-the-rocks. While certainly a popular way to enjoy it, the liqueur enjoys many uses behind the bar.
The most noteworthy application is as a modifier in a specialty margarita, where its brandy-base and exuberant orange flavor make it an ideal substitute for triple sec.
Some popular Gran Gala recipes include the Sea Breeze Margarita, Italian Martini and the Opulent Coffee.