Triple Sec Taste Taste
In our last taste test post, we compared some different quality rums and additions to see how they affected a few different drink recipes. This time, we’ll keep it simpler.
I’ve always wondered how much the quality of a Triple Sec in a Margarita matters, especially given that it could easily be overcome by all the other ingredients. So we conducted a blind Triple Sec taste test to find out.
We made two different margaritas and blind taste tested both:
- 1.5 oz Tequila Blanco
- 0.75 oz Cheap Triple Sec (Dekuyper) in one, Cointreau in the other
- 0.5 oz Lime Juice
- No salt on the rim
If I were trying to impress anyone, I’d say there was a huge difference. There isn’t.
That said, there was a subtle but definitely noticeable difference. The version with the Cointreau had a strong fresh orange taste and smell upfront, with a cleaner finish. Cointreau has a higher alcohol content (40% versus 15%), so it made a stronger margarita, with a crisper finish.
On the other hand, my wife preferred the version with the cheap Triple Sec (Dekuyper), as it was sweeter and not as strong. I really didn’t mind this version either.
In all, at around triple the price, the Cointreau definitely added a subtle difference. For our admittedly unrefined palettes, it probably wasn’t worth it given the other majority ingredients in the drink. In a drink where it was the majority ingredient, it might be.