Wenneker Creme de Cassis is made by black currant concentrate, sugar, water and strong alcohol. It’s very low for alcohol by volume, so the producer needs to use loads of sugar to guarantee the shelf life. 50 cl bottle costs 7-8€ in Estonia.
Wenneker was established in 1693, when Dutch Hendrick Steeman was granted permission to build two distilling units. A century later, in 1812 it was bought by Joannes Wenneker. Joannes gran-grand-grand-son Franciscus sold the company to Johannes Cornelis van Der Tuijin in 1903. The company is still owned by the Van Der Tuijin family, now in its fourth generation. Wenneker is one of the biggest family owned alcohol producers in Europe.
It’s very sweet, syrupy liqueur. Mouthfeel is very thick, overly sweet and has only a hint of black currant aroma. Nose and taste are both deep, but all the berry aromas are hidden on the thick sugar layer. It’s not possible to drink this liqueur neat, unless you want to sip syrup together with your coffee or tea. Black currant aroma is too thin for cocktails, so I found this liqueur only for baking use. It can be used also to give some sugar and color for long drinks.