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John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum

  • Rum-based liqueur indigenous to Barbados
  • Sweetness, spice and almond character
  • Lends weight and texture to classic rum and wine punches
  • Essential to many tiki drinks and swizzles
  • Spice notes complement aged rums in stirred drinks
  • Produced by famed rum distiller R.L. Seale

Falernum is indigenous to Barbados, where Velvet Falernum is a longtime staple item of its many resorts and bars. The sweetness, spice and almond character of this rum-based liqueur provides weight and texture to classic rum and wine punches. Today, Falernum is a staple for tropical drinks such as swizzles, Zombies, and other Tiki drinks. Try the island favorite with 2 parts aged rum, 3 dashes Angostura and a squeeze of lime. Add to wine and orange juice for a quick, delicious Sangria. John D Taylor’s Velvet Falernum is considered by many as the original Falernum, and is today produced by famed rum distiller R.L. Seale Ltd.

Velvet Falernum’s high sugar weight and supporting flavorings make it ideal for use as an improved simple syrup, adding depth to daiquiris, mojitos, and sangria. The creamy texture from almond is critical to many tiki drinks, and the spice notes compliment aged rums in Old-Fashioned-style cocktails. Splash a little Velvet Falernum on some berries for a quick dessert, or incorporate into coffee or iced tea for an exotic touch.

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About R. L. Seale & Co. Ltd.

Famed rum distiller R.L. Seale has been a family-owned business since launching in Barbados in the 1920s. It is currently run by Sir David Seale and his son Richard. Full details

About Rum/Rum Liqueurs

Haus Alpenz’s suite of sugarcane distillates (Scarlet Ibis, Smith & Cross, and Batavia-Arrack van Oosten) represents a unique approach to the world of rum. All of these spirits represent the most flavorful distillates we can find from traditional rum-producing countries (Trinidad, Jamaica and Indonesia, respectively). They are all bottled at modest age (if aged at all) and elevated proof, are unchillfiltered, and have no added sugar. These principles lead to rums that are both expressive and versatile. Additionally, rum is the basis of exotically flavored liqueurs, such as allspice dram, falernum and Swedish punsch, that are essential to tropical and tiki drinks as well as a variety of classic cocktails. Full details

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Bajan Legend

Stir with ice:

2 oz Barbados rum

1 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice.

Strain into a double rocks glass.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

Génépy Swizzle

(Based on the Chartreuse Swizzle by Marcovaldo Dionysos, San Francisco, California)

Prepare a pilsner glass rinsed with mezcal and filled with crushed ice.

Build in the prepared glass:

1.25 oz Dolin Génépy le Chamois Liqueur

0.5 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum

1 oz pineapple juice

0.5 oz lime juice


Garnish with a pineapple leaf.

The Privateer

(Mattias Hagglund, Elements Restaurant, Princeton, NJ)

Shake with ice:

1.5 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten

1 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum

0.75 oz Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

0.5 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina

0.75 oz lemon juice

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Strain into a double rocks glass filled with crushed ice.

Garnish with fruit and a mint sprig.

Sangria Base

Build in a glass filled with ice:

1 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum

1 oz orange juice

3 oz red wine

Strange Brew

(adapted from a drink from Death & Co., New York City)

Shake with ice:

2 oz Hayman’s London Dry Gin

0.75 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum

1 oz pineapple juice

0.5 oz lemon juice

Strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice.

Top with 2.5 oz IPA.

Garnish with a lemon peel.

SKU Vintage Region Origin Desc Cepage % Alc Size/Pack Finish BTL Barcode Cs Barcode Cs Wgt
HZ 8020NVBarbadosBBRum Liqueur11.0%750/12screwcap72480300105672480300188316.90 kg