Is Dekuyper really that bad?

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So this is my first time posting here. Over the past couple of months I’ve spent a lot of time and money assembling a home bar stock that was guided from suggestions I saw online, as well as a cocktail book I came in possession of. I had been doing a lot of research and getting guidance from one of the liquor stores I had been frequenting. Throughout this process, I have made a concerted effort to avoid bottom shelf options for my stock. Now, being in West Texas, I don’t always have a huge selection to choose from, but I have typically been able to find at least one brand of everything I have searched for. Brands like Dekuyper have generally been out of the question. This changed last Friday.

I was in the process of adding a variety of liqueurs to my cabinet and asked for help from one of the employees. However, the employee kept redirecting me to Dekuyper for the majority of the things I asked for. In hindsight, I realized this particular employee, while friendly, may not have been very knowledgable of liquor, which was highlighted by an interaction where he indicated he did not know the difference between proof and ABV.

All of that to say, I now have seven different bottles of Dekuyper: sloe gin, white creme de menthe, green creme de menthe, white creme de cacao, bleu curucao, creme de banane, and peach schnapps. My question is, are all of these really going to ruin any cocktails I make, or is the stigma surrounding the quality of Dekuyper overstated? I have not noticed anything particularly negative about any of the flavors so far, but I had spent a lot of time, effort, and money trying to build and maintain a collection of at least middle-shelf products, so I am going to be disappointed if I’ve really lowered the quality of my personal stock by buying so many bottles of Dekuyper when there may have been better-quality alternatives available for only slightly more money.

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So this is my first time posting here. Over the past couple of months I’ve spent a lot of time and money assembling a home bar stock that was guided from suggestions I saw online, as well as a cocktail book I came in possession of. I had been doing a lot of research and getting guidance from one of the liquor stores I had been frequenting. Throughout this process, I have made a concerted effort to avoid bottom shelf options for my stock. Now, being in West Texas, I don’t always have a huge selection to choose from, but I have typically been able to find at least one brand of everything I have searched for. Brands like Dekuyper have generally been out of the question. This changed last Friday.

I was in the process of adding a variety of liqueurs to my cabinet and asked for help from one of the employees. However, the employee kept redirecting me to Dekuyper for the majority of the things I asked for. In hindsight, I realized this particular employee, while friendly, may not have been very knowledgable of liquor, which was highlighted by an interaction where he indicated he did not know the difference between proof and ABV.

All of that to say, I now have seven different bottles of Dekuyper: sloe gin, white creme de menthe, green creme de menthe, white creme de cacao, bleu curucao, creme de banane, and peach schnapps. My question is, are all of these really going to ruin any cocktails I make, or is the stigma surrounding the quality of Dekuyper overstated? I have not noticed anything particularly negative about any of the flavors so far, but I had spent a lot of time, effort, and money trying to build and maintain a collection of at least middle-shelf products, so I am going to be disappointed if I’ve really lowered the quality of my personal stock by buying so many bottles of Dekuyper when there may have been better-quality alternatives available for only slightly more money.

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