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      09.02.2013 12:47
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      A full flavoured liqueur

      ~Southern Comfort~
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      Southern Comfort is a bourbon based liqueur drink that I have found can be either mixed with other ingredients to make a cooling long drink, or be poured over ice and enjoyed as it is. I find that Southern Comfort has a strong stand out taste that is unlike other liqueurs I have tried. This liqueur uses a cleverly spiced fruit and whisky/ bouborn blend which I feel leaves a pleasing warming sensation behind after the initial burst of flavour.

      Whilst I have enjoyed a glass or two of this popular liqueur, I wouldn't say that Southern Comfort is a drink I would look to buy on a regular basis. I feel Southern Comfort is something I would have to be in the mood to drink, due to the strong blend of flavours, rather than being a drinks cabinet staple product that I might store as a regular tipple. Having said that I do feel that this liqueur has plenty going for it, as it has a full flavoured taste that has been nicely blended to give a smooth edge to the initial bourbon kick.

      The product bottle is slightly different to the many other bouborn based drinks you can buy, as it has a nice detail around the lower neck and cuff of the bottle that fans out around the glass bottle. I feel that this design detail, combined with the product label can be something that helps the Southern Comfort bottle stand out on supermarket shelves when mixed with an array of other products, making it easier to find. The bottle lid always works well to give a neat seal that keeps the liqueur fresh and ready to drink and the bottle itself is well formed and easy to pour from as required.

      There are now a small number of variations to the original theme of Southern Comfort. These newer varieties have ingredients such as lime, fiery pepper and cherry in them to add a new twist to the classic Southern Comfort blend. As far as the original product goes, in my opinion I feel that the original peach and apricot blend that has been used in the liqueur gives a well flavoured spiced fruit taste that works well. The actual blend of ingredients is meant to be a secret, however there are a mix of 25 fruit, spice and whisky flavours that create the drink and I feel that they work well.

      ~Price/ rating~
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      The cost of Southern Comfort varies depending on the size of the bottle which can be bought as either 35cl, 70cl or 1 litre bottles. A small sized 35cl bottle is around £10.50, a 70cl bottle often retails for £20/ £21 and a large sized 1 litre bottle might set you back £26/ £27. The newer varieties which contain cherry or lime can be found for similar prices to the original product (£20/ £21) for a 70cl sized bottle. My product rating for Southern Comfort is 4 stars as I feel it has a stand out flavour that can be enjoyed on its own or used in cocktails to make a variety of drinks.

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      29.10.2012 16:00
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      A versatile drink

      ~~~A TASTE OF AMERICA'S SOUTH FIRST SAMPLED IN MALTA~~~


      When I first sampled the spirit southern Comfort I was spending a month on the Mediterranean island of Malta with a friend and her family. Myself and my friend were both teenagers and we had a fabulous time in the sun and enjoyed a great night-life too. My friend's father's family are from Malta and they had/have friends and family living and working in Malta, some of who worked in a club near to where we were staying. Well this club was where we both were given this drink.

      This holiday was back in the 1970s and then food and drink was relatively cheap (compared to the United Kingdom that is) in Malta. We tasted a few drinks new to us but, I think it's true to say that, out of those tried Southern Comfort was mine, and my friend's, favoured drink during that lovely long holiday.
      We didn't try this spirit straight and, even if we had wanted to; I don't think my friend's father would have allowed this. For us, our measure of Southern Comfort was served in a long glass with a splash of lime and quite a lot of lemonade, topped with ice and slices of fresh lemon and limes and sometimes would even be decorated as with cocktails, and straws were added to the glass. How posh were we! This made a lovely refreshing drink which wasn't too strong but had an interesting quite subtle taste to it.

      Once back in England and our new jobs we still met frequently. If we were out for drinks then we would sometimes drink Southern Comfort but I recall that if I were drinking a spirit it would usually be Smirnoff vodka or dry Martini and I seem to recall my friend being partial to Martini too.

      Now, many years later and I still drink Southern Comfort occasionally. Usually this will be at times such as over the Christmas season, especially if having a drink with a sister-in-law whose favourite drink is Southern Comfort; she mixes this with ginger ale (Canada Dry to be more precise) and I stick to lemonade. My sister-in-law loves to add a slice of orange to this tipple and insists it tastes much better than with the more often used slices of lemon or lime.

      I also drink this spirit, sometimes, at family gatherings if vodka is in short supply or, just occasionally, for a change from vodka. Although I enjoy a glass or two of wine I always prefer to drink spirits at parties.
      Although I don't drink too much of it I always have a bottle in my drinks cupboard, mainly so that when my sister-in-law visits her favourite drink can be offered (although I sometimes forget to buy an orange to slice!).

      And sometimes when sitting out in the garden in the summer; this isn't often which makes it feel 'special', I will try to mimic those long gone days of my youth when I spent a whole month in Malta, and will find a long glass, add a measure of Southern Comfort, a splash of lime and more than a splash of lemonade and finish off with lots of ice. I honestly think if you want a long cool refreshing drink which is interesting but only of a low alcohol content (as long as not too much of the spirit is included of course), then you really can't beat this; it's gorgeous! Also, because the southern Comfort is coloured (a medium, spicy amber colour) so that even when diluted with lemonade it retains a colour, making it look more interesting, I think, than a drink based on a white spirit, such as vodka, gin or Bacardi.

      I also love the smell of Southern Comfort, which is unusual for me with spirits. I know several people who have been reluctant to try this drink as they believe it tastes strong like whisky (or whiskey if you are Irish!) but I don't like whisky or indeed the smell of it; Southern Comfort doesn't smell too strong and although I'm smelling it now(not drinking it though, I hasten to add!) I find it difficult to describe the aroma, but would say it has a spicy smell with just a hint of something stronger but, in my opinion, it definitely has a pleasant bouquet.

      Although the drink is essentially whiskey in its base, it doesn't taste, to me, much of whiskey. I find it to be a smooth and interesting drink of spices and just a small hint of whiskey.

      BOTTLE

      Even the bottle is attractive, I think, being nicely shaped. The glass has SOUTHERN and COMFORT in relief, down either side, incorporated into the design to help in showing this is original Southern Comfort and not a cheaper imitation.

      The label on the front, printed in red and gold informs potential tasters that Southern Comfort (New Orleans Original) was established in 1874.

      Another label lets us know that Southern Comfort is 35% proof.

      ORIGINATED IN AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH

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      http://www.southerncomfort.com

      "Southern Comfort is a unique blend of natural fruit, spice and whiskey flavors that together create a distinct taste. It's this combination that makes
      Southern Comfort great tasting on its own or mixed in your favorite drinks. Read below to find out more about how Southern Comfort grew from our birthplace in New Orleans to a spirit enjoyed around the world."

      M.W. Heron was pouring drinks at McCauley's Saloon in New Orleans, USA. Heron soon realized his customers needed a smoother, more refined drink. So, he experimented with fruits, spices and flavors to create "Cuffs and Buttons." This drink would eventually become what we all know and love today as
      Southern Comfort.

      PRICE/AVAILABILITY

      My favourite is Southern Comfort Original but it is also available in other variations such as:

      Southern Comfort 100 Proof

      Southern Comfort Special Reserve

      Southern Comfort Lime

      Southern Comfort Lemonade & Lime

      Southern Comfort & Cola

      Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper

      Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry


      For the purpose of reviewing this drink, I looked into my not-that-often-opened drinks cupboard (at home if I fancy a drink in the evening it's more likely to be wine and this I don't keep in the drinks cupboard) and realised that there only remains about an inch and a quarter of this spirit in the bottle, therefore I will be looking for bargains in the next few weeks so that I can purchase a bottle in time for Christmas and my sister-in-law.

      Currently Southern Comfort can be bought from:

      (Prices for 70cl size)

      Asda £15.00

      Sainsbury's £20.80 £16.00 (Valid until: 06/11/2012)

      Tesco £20.80

      Waitrose £20.80

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        17.10.2012 22:08
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        Southern Comfort

        Welcome to the hospitality of the old South, where the drinks are long and cool and bring you comfort.

        Randomly, I first tried Southern Comfort on a school exchange trip to France many moons ago. My friend and I stumbled across a men only bar but somehow managed to get served and stay in there, it was probably due to the language barrier and the fact that we were only 17! The men in there ordered Southern Comfort and lemonade and from then on I was hooked, I loved it then and I still love it now. I still kind of think of it as an old mans drink and something a bit special but that's probably because at 17 this was quite a grown up drink to be drinking. 

        Southern Comfort is an American liqueur made from neutral spirits with fruit, spice and whiskey flavourings. It is quite a dark liquid although not as dark as some Whiskeys. According to an article I read, "The brand was originally created by bartender Martin Wilkes Heron in New Orleans in 1874, and is now owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation. Although the original product contained whiskey, the current formula for Southern Comfort only contains whiskey-tasting flavoring rather than actual whiskey (except for the premium version called "Special Reserve").

        The taste is quite hard to describe, it is quite fruity and strong and has a very distinctive taste, once you have tried it you will never forget. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this but obviously it's up to you how strong you make it and I find it's a nice alcoholic taste, not too strong or one that makes your body shake when you drink it. Like I've said above I mix mine with lemonade and I find it's best to add some ice to it too. 

        A wonderful old south tradition. 

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        16.10.2012 17:01
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        An excellent drink in moderation.

        Southern Comfort is another of my favourite shorts. It comes in an olde worlde looking bottle with a plastic screw top. The cylindrical bottle is ridged at the top and has two flat sides, maybe to help with keeping hold of the bottle when you have had a few to many, embossed into the glass on one side is the word Southern and on the other side is the word Comfort. Embossed onto the front of the bottle is the signature of Mr M W Henson, the man we have to thank for Southern Comfort. All the labels on the bottle are paper and fit in with the theme of the bottle. I don't usually describe bottles, but I like this one so I thought a quick description would not hurt.

        Southern Comfort is described as a blend of fruits, spices and whisky flavours.

        I describe Southern Comfort as a sweet, slightly orange flavoured drink with a slightly liquorice and cinnamon bite. I know it sounds strange, but it works. The drink is warm in the mouth and has a slight glow on its way down the throat. It is not a syrupy drink and apart from a tingle on the tongue it does not cling to the mouth or throat.

        The smell of Southern Comfort is quite alcoholic; this is where I can smell a hint of whisky. I like the colour of Southern Comfort; it is a lovely golden amber colour.

        Southern Comfort is 35% alcohol by volume, in my opinion it does not taste like a strong liqueur and mixes really well with lemonade and ice, I have also drank it with cranberry, but I am not as keen on the flavours that it produces with cranberry. I like the fizz of the lemonade to carry it over my taste buds.

        Southern Comfort usually costs around £18 for a 70cl bottle; it doesn't seem to drop on special offer very often, so when I see it for less at Christmas I usually treat myself to a bottle.

        In my opinion Southern Comfort is a really nice mixer; it is not something I would drink as a shot, although I know people who do. When I drink Southern Comfort I don't have too many as I find it is a drink with effects that can creep up on you and before you know it you have accidentally put your foot through the glass of the oven door and are sat in a pile of glass with a cut hand (not a metaphor).

        My eldest Step-Son drinks this with his army mates (they call it SoCo) so I think it may have lost its reputation as a girly drink.

        As previously mentioned I don't suffer with hangovers and have happily drank a lot of Southern Comfort without a hangover (just a big bill to repair my oven). My advice as always is to enjoy in moderation.

        Southern Comfort have a really good web page at www.southerncomfort.com, it has a lot of drink and food recipes involving Southern Comfort and the full story behind the creation of the drink.

        Thank you for reading.

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        16.10.2012 10:47
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        A sweet whisky based drink that can be a nice change

        Southern comfort is often considered a bit of a girly drink. I first started drinking it when I had finished university as I could affor proper drinks rather than the cheap special offers in terrible clubs (Think cheapskates in london which used to be 50p shots). I'm not sure how I ended up with a Southern comfort and lemonade in my hand, but have since dicscovered that it makes an ideal, refreshing and quite sweet mixer drink to move onto once you can't stand the sight of 'another' pint of beer.

        ----The drink----

        Southern comfort was invented in New Orleans in 1874 and is a drink made from neutral spitits (ie. grain) which if flavoured with fruit, spices and whiskey. Note that only the special reserve is mixed with bourbon and the standard drink only contains 'flavourings' of whiskey.

        The drink is a light amber which I think gives it a warmth and attracts me to drinking it.

        Southern comfort is available as100 US proof (50% alcohol by volume), and 70 US proof (35% alcohol by volume) or a a special resever which is 80 US proof. It can also be found as southern comfort lime (with lime flavour) or southern comfort (firey pepper) which is pretty spicy.

        Southern comfort also comes in pre-mixed cans using lemonade or coke as a mixer, which I have experienced whilst travelling (most memorably in Fiji but I m sure elsewhere too).

        You can buy Southern comfort in a range of sizes of bottle including 35cl (ideal for a gift), 70CL, or 1Litre. I do find as it is so sweet it is popular at a party and there are never leftovers from a Litre bottle.

        ---The taste---

        The taste is hard to describe. It is very sweet and even more so when mixed with lemonade as I like to drink it. The whisky taste is very light but definitley present and the fruit and spices enhance the flavour to make a sweet, non-sharp whisky taste. There is definitley none of the smokiness of other whiskies present.

        ---Price---

        Southern Comfort is not a cheap drink. I would expect to pay about £10 for the 35CL bottle, £16 for the 70CL or just over £20 for a Litre.
        In a bar or club it would be very unusula to find southern comfort on offer and I would expect to pay about £4 for a single with mixer or £6 for a double with mixer. (In central London this can be higher)

        ---Marketing and Style--

        Southern comfort now likes to be call SOCO - pronounced soe-co and I find the marketing of the New Orleans style is disappearing and it is trying to associate with the young trendy afterwork city drinkers. I personally do't like this advertising, although I do like the style of the adverts until they bring in the Soco branding.

        -----Cocktails---

        Southern Comfort is the inspirration behind the Alabama slammer (Amaretto, Southern Comfort, Sloe gin, and orange juice) and is available in many cocktails including the Scarlett O'Hara (Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, and fresh lime) amongst others.

        ---Summary----

        In summary it is a pleasant sweet drink although I do admit to prefering a proper whisky nowadays. I dislike the new marketing and this has put me off drinking it a bit. 4 Stars because it is a pleasant, good quality drink.

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          29.08.2012 20:43

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          A very yummy kind of alcohol!

          Southern Comfort is my favourite alcoholic spirit. I think it tastes like sweeties! It certainly does taste really quite sweet and for those with a sweet tooth (like me!) that is an excellent thing.

          'Southern Comfort is a unique blend of natural fruit, spice and whiskey flavors' (http://www.southerncomfort.com/history.aspx).

          I have found Southern Comfort in three bottle sizes - 35cl (a great size for taking along to house parties as its not too big or bulky to pop in your bag), 70cl and 1 litre (1 litre seems a bit excessive to me). Southern Comfort is also available in a can with lemonade and lime pre-mixed in. You will normally find this pre-mixed can in the chilled alcohol fridge in the supermarket.

          Many people have Southern Comfort mixed with lemonade or cola. Many people have ice in their Southern Comfort. I personally have Southern Comfort on its own with no mixer and definitely no ice. I personally feel ice completely spoils southern comfort, however that is just a personal opinion.

          Drinking Southern Comfort (or SoCo as it is sometimes known) can get very pricey if you are drinking it on a night out. I have found a double SoCo in a bar to be about £5.

          If you have a sweet tooth and you drink alcohol I would recommend you try Southern Comfort if you haven't already because it is very yummy!

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          15.01.2012 16:38
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          If you have never tried it then you haven't lived!, get to your local bar and order yours now!

          I was first introduced to Southern Comfort a few years back at one of our traditional Christmas family partys.. Having always had quite a sweet tooth, I had grew up been classed as a "female drinker" by friends with regulars like Archers, Vodka and WKD mixed drinks on my shopping list whilst they would be drinking just lager!

          It was then one Christmas Eve where I had my first short of Southern Comfort and all I can say is within a mouthful of the liquor I had developed a secret addiction to the fruity and spiceful whiskey..
          Southern Comfort quickly became a part of my social life every weekend where it became my most requested drink at the bar, and of course stocking up for house party's it was first on my shopping list!

          There is a big controversy amongst family and friends as to whether the liquor should be consumed with Coke or Lemonade. Having sampled it with both I must admit to been a fan of the Coke combination as with lemonade it can be a bit too sweet and after a few glasses you could end up feeling quite sickly! However with Coke it seems to combine perfectly and it simply washes down like pop!
          There are of course a couple of negatives to this aswell because it is such an enjoyable drink, within an hour or so you could find yourself feeling rather tipsy and bordering that fine line of public embarresment!

          Having said that if you are looking to have a good night, and have no problem with experiencing a rather blurred memory in the morning then Southern Comfort is the drink for your party night!
          On a positive note considering the liquor is 35% volume I have never really experienced a proper hangover from the drink, and believe me from some of my experiences we have managed to polish of a couple of the litre bottles in one night!!

          The liquor is quite pricey in comparison to other spirits like Vodka where you could get a litre for around £10.00 it would actually cost you just over the £30.00 margin, so despite my love for the drink it is more of a premium special buy where from now on it will have to be purely for special occassion's. It wasn't until I started to work out where all my money had gone and having realised I had paid nearly £5 for a double with a mixer at the bar, this was the point that it sinked in how costly such spirits are on the average night out in comparison to my mates who were paying just half of what I was for a pint of stella.

          This is definately not the end of the journey for me and my Southern's however I think I need to find love for a cheaper alternative which can be my back up preference for those lower budget nights!

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          16.06.2010 02:50

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          Give it a go!

          This is my favourite drink at the moment, usually I'll drink half a bottle at a time, straight. Thats how much I love it?

          Its a whiskey based drink with fruit and spices added to give it a different sort of taste, its 35% vol. It is a very sweet flavour and can sometimes get quite sickly when lemonade is added to it, which is usually the case these days; SoCo with lemon and lime.

          For a 70cl bottle your looking at around £17, which is quite expensive compared to a bottle of vodka or something, but so worth it! (I am a bit biased, I hate vodka). In bars it's usually around the same price as other spirits, sometimes about 20p more than the average.

          Obviously drink responsibly! Stick to your units yada yada, but it is a lovely drink to enjoy on a hot summers evening (hopefully we will get some of them sometime soon!)

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          Not A Drink I Have Very Often Because I Think It's Very Harsh Tasting

          I don't drink Southern Comfort that often but we've been trying to get rid of all the part empty bottles of drinks we brought for Xmas before buying any more so I had a couple of glasses last night.

          Southern Comfort is a bit too strong tasting for me to drink regular, last night I had mine with ice and orange juice because I think that takes the flavour off a bit but coke makes it taste even stronger.

          I had got no idea what flavour it was supposed to be but before I wrote this review I checked out the Southern Comfort website and apparently this a bourbon whiskey that has had peach, orange and vanilla flavours added. I can't taste any of them myself but what I can tell you is that there is a VERY slight citrus flavour that comes through as you're drinking, Southern Comfort has also got a bit of a spicey flavour that I'd love if it wasn't for how harsh tasting the drink is.

          You're better off to have a mixer if you drink Southern Comfort because it takes some of the heat out of it but also brings out the different flavours a bit. My fave mixer is orange juice but lemonade, cola or even water work just as well. I think Southern Comfort deffo benefits from having ice in it because it chills the whiskey nice and that makes it a lot easier to drink.

          You can buy Southern Comfort in a few different bottle sizes: 1 litre, 70cl, 35cl which is a half bottle and miniatures. It's sold at all pubs and clubs and is quite often on 'make it a double for an extra £1.00' offer in the clubs in Birmingham.

          I'm not mad keen to be honest but that's mainly because I don't like the harshness of the drink much. I had 2 glasses and that was well enough for me because you can taste it getting stronger and stronger as you drink it. For me it's not worth bothering with because by the time I've poured enough mixer in to take some of the taste away it's as weak as gnats piss! lol

          It's deffo a cult drink and loads of students love it, god knows why or how though because it's a proper expensive drink. A normal sized 70cl bottle is about £18.00 and that's a lot dearer than most whiskeys. It gets even more expensive if you buy one of the special editions such as 6 year old and stuff like that.

          I can't see the attraction though, now if the peach taste was a bit stronger I could change my mind! lol

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            A great drink to try if you have never before

            Southern Comfort or SoCo as it semms to be now known is now a widely available whisky based liquir, and by god is it good,

            Personally this is now my favourite alcaholic spirit to drink. I tend to drink it mixed lime and lemonade and this seems quite common these days, 1 shot Southern Comfort 1 shot Lime and topped up with lemonade.

            There are many other cocktails and mixers that involve southern comfort and all are as delicous as the others, Its taste is not to harsh like normal whiskey which means it goes down well, to well in my experience.

            Prices tend to vary and it can be quite expensive, a normal 70cl sized bottle can range anywere from around 14 pound up to 20 pound depending on where you buy it from, i tend to try and wait until it come on offer in the supermarkets then stock up, this tends to make it much cheaper, asda recently had it on offer with other spirits in a mix and match offer 2 for 24 which was great :)

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              Soco and Lime

              Southern Comfort has to be one of my favorite alcoholic spirit drinks, most notably because of its distinctive flavour combining citrus flavours, peaches and bourbon. Southern Comfort is historically produced in the US (New Orleans)

              Southern Comfort is can be consumed in a variety of ways, neat is quite strong unless you have it on the rocks, but nevertheless provides distinctive take for a after dinner drink. My preference is to mix Southern Comfort with either lemonade or coca cola which makes it more of a whiskey and coke blend, and is less harsh on the throat.

              One of my favourite combinations of the drink would be Soco and lime as promoted in their recent advertising campaign. This involves mixing equal parts of Southern Comfort with lime juice or lime cordial over the rocks to give a refreshing drink for the summer.

              Southenr Comfort reserve is a variety of Soco aged over 6 years bringing its alcohol content up as well as making it 100% proof. This Southern Comfort is only available as far as I know in the US but well worth buying when you see it for those extra special drinks.

              Over 18's only as its a strong spirit, but one to enjoy nevertheless.

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              07.09.2009 23:52
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              4/5

              Southern Comfort is a whiskey based licquer with a fruity twist. Its unique taste is created by a mixture of cinnamon, peach, citrus fruits such as orange and lemon and bourbon, amongst other fruits and this offsets the bitter taste of the alcohol. It is a traditional American spirit and was created in the late 1800's.

              Although the fruity taste of this licquer allows it to be drunk neat, or with ice or water to soften it slightly, I find it is best with lemonade and this has fast become my staple drink. It is also good with coca cola, or with apple or cranberry juice. It is the basis of many cocktails, such as SoCo-LoCo, and the Greek version of Sex On the Beach.

              It retails at around 18 pounds in the UK for a 70cl bottle, which is quite pricey and you obviously can't buy a cheaper version like you can with vodka or rum. However, I do feel it is worth it.

              Enjoy responsibly and only for over 18s.

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              A nice starting point for Whiskey

              Southern Comfort really is a rather lovely alcoholic beverage - it'll never quite it for me as much as JD does, but I still find it a very lovely tipple on a night out. Few people really know what it's actually termed as, so we tend to call it a Whiskey, but it definitely tastes rather nice, particularly if paired with lemonade.

              It's fair that a lot of people don't like Southern Comfort neat, and it is a little bit harsh and acerbic for anyone not too trained on Whiskey in general. The lemonade really neutralises the harsh taste and makes it into something that goes down nice and soft, and nice and easy. Although not as enjoyable as the mix of JD and Coke, it's still a great way of softening the drink so younger, perhaps less refined palettes can enjoy its greatness.

              I must admit it to enjoying the marketing and general aesthetic of the product - it may not harp on about its southern origins as much as Jack Daniels, but it's got a taste that really reinforces the picture its image propogates. I could very much imagine a few farmers drinking a shot of this after a hard day's work in Tennessee...or something like that.

              Southern Comfort is most commonly sold in the large 70cl bottles for about £17.99. Sadly, yes, premium spirits are quite expensive, and this is no exception, BUT you do get what you pay for, and you'll see that when you crack open a bottle of this lovely, smooth beverage.

              Of JD and Southern Comfort, in both image and in taste, SoCo seems to be the most youth and lady-friendly of the two - it has a sweeter taste than JD, although I don't think the mix with lemonade is as inspired as the mix of JD and Coke. Nevertheless, it's a great leaping point for anyone looking to get into their alcohol but wants to steer a little away from alcopops and pints.

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                Southern Comfort , or SoCo as a lot of people call it nowadays, is a Whiskey based liqueur , where bourbon is blended with fruit juices and spices to give it it's distinctive flavour .

                Like many spirits, it's available in a variety of bottle sizes, and obviously the larger the bottle, the more you'll end up paying . I usually get the 70cl bottle size, and pay between £11 and £14 . Its certainly not a cheap drink, but then most branded spirits tend to be pricey .

                Its a golden amber colour, and upon opening the bottle (which is labelled with a nice old fashioned sketch scene, the labels containing all the pertinent information) the first smell to hit you is, if you're anything like me, probably going to be peach, subsiding into a kind of spiced exotic scent . The smell makes me think of warmth, and warmth is exactly the feeling this drink brings to my throat when I drink it. Flavours queue up on my tongue - peaches, cinnamon, something thick and treacly . It'd delicious, but on it's own, perhaps a little too strong for me to take anything other than the smallest sips .

                Never fear though - Southern Comfort mixes easily with orange juice, lemonade, and (my favourite) Dr Pepper . But, be warned, mixing it with Dr Pepper in particular has proven to have dire consequences for me the next morning - due to it's deceptive sweetness and the ease of drinking, I have often drunk rather more than I intended, and sadly suffered appalling hangovers as a result .

                For those who like cocktails, SoCo is pretty versatile here too . You can find a barrage of cocktail recipes all over the internet, but below are a couple of combinations I've tried and loved - perhaps you'll love them too.

                Sloe Comfortable Screw:
                Shake a shot each of Southern Comfort, Vodka, and Sloe Gin with ice . Pour into a glass, and top up with orange juice .

                Apple Comfort:
                Add 1 shot of Southern Comfort to a glass of apple juice . Heat gently in a pan until nice and warm, then sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg .

                Would I recommend Southern Comfort - certainly, just be careful not to drink to much, the hangovers this leaves me with are evil! Overall though, its a great drink in moderation .

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                  Southern Comfort is one of my most favourite Spirits. Unfortunately when I buy a bottle, I tend to make it my mission to finish it as quick as possible. Since I do this, I totally sicken myself on it, and can't face to drink it again for a while. I'm no skinflint, but this is quite pricey compared to other drinks I drink, so I tend to only treat myself to this now and again, and although I swear I won't gulp it down again, I always do!

                  Southern Comfort has been marketed as an American Whisky, but I hate Whisky, and can't taste the resemblance in any way.

                  You can buy this is a few different sized. The 35cl bottles cost roughly £9, the 70cl bottles are around £16, and the 1 litre bottles are around £21. I don't think i've ever seen this on a good offer, just the 1 litre bottle perhaps having a couple of pounds knocked off it.

                  The bottle design isn't that exciting. It is a clear glass, which is slightly ridged along the glass. You can see the dark orange-y colour liquid though the bottle. There is a simple label on the front saying the product name, and the label on the back tells a bit about the history of the drink, how it's been produced for hundreds of years, and tells that 1 shot, which is 25ml has 70 calories in it.

                  As far as I know the drink originated in Tennessee, and Asda have brought out their version of the drink called deep South. It is quite similar, a good but cheaper, but not quite the original and best.

                  I normally drink mine with lemonade, but occassionally I have it with Coke. I think Lemonade is just right with it, since it is a dark, heavy liquid, and the lightness and sweetness of the Lemons work well with it.

                  Unfortunately when I neck this, I tend to make it stronger and stronger as my toungue gets accustomed to the strong taste, and I have woke up a few times the next morning knowing I hadn't been drunk the night before, but having a slight sore head. I've heard that darker coloured spirits are more likely to give you a sore head compared to lighter ones, but am not sure how true that is.

                  A great tangy alcoholic drink, just wished it was a little cheaper!

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                  Originating in the late 1800's as a drink called 'Cuffs and Buttons' and produced in St Louis, Missouri. Southern Comfort is a traditional American liqueur made from bourbon and peaches. It has citrus and orange overtonnes.