What type of spirit is Three Spirit Livener?
It is difficult to pigeon hole Livener into a particular spirit. It has lots of infused botanicals like a gin would have but the key ingredient in a gin is juniper which this lacks.
Seedlip has a hugely popular range of non alcoholic spirits (review here) which is similar in that it just fits into the generic non alcoholic spirit section.
Three Spirit market themselves as a plant based, botanical elixir, which they combine to stimulate the body and mind. Their drinks can provide more energy, better sleep or social connections enhanced from their ancient plant knowledge.
It is a good marketing pitch is nothing else. Although Livener packs a punch of caffeine so it may well provide energy from that alone.
How is Three Spirit Livener made?
Three Spirit sustainably source a huge array of plants, flowers, fungi, spices, roots and aromatic herbs from across the globe.
Usually in a spirit, the ingredients are infused and macerated before being distilled. In the non alcoholic versions the alcohol is then distilled out and water added back in.
Three Spirit seem to do something similar but spin it as “these ingredients are then ground, infused, distilled or fermented to best extract flavour, aroma and function”
How to serve Three Spirit Livener?
Serve 50ml of Livener over ice and top up with tonic water with a grapefruit slice.
Three Spirit Livener Ingredients
Three Spirit seem to gather their ingredients far and wide and as such have one of the most extensive and individual ingredient lists i have seen.
Three Spirit Livener includes…
- Beet sugar
- Watermelon concentrate
- Pomegranate molasses
- Extract of – hibiscus, guava leaf, schisandra berry, Siberian ginseng, dried leaves of llex guayusa concentrate, green tea
- Apple cider vinegar
- Black carrot concentrate
That is quite the list of ingredients indeed. You can tell it will not lack sweetness from the beet sugar or pomegranate molasses. Quite how all those extracts combine and add to the flavour is anyones guess but it certainly makes you want to find out.
Three Spirit Livener Nutrition
It is difficult to know what to expect from this fairly unique spirit brand. Most pure non alcoholic spirits are very low in calories and carbs and have a huge calorie saving over their alcoholic contemporaries.
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These are big calorie, carb and sugar levels from a non alcoholic spirit. Whilst 100ml of a generic spirit would have a huge 231kcal according to the USDA, some of the other non alcoholic spirits like Gordon’s 0.0 gin, would only have 24kcal per 100ml and no sugar or carbs, pre the mixer.
The caffeine content is also surprising. If you get one shot of espresso, there is about 63mg of caffeine which isn’t far away from the 58mg of caffeine in a 50ml serving of Livener. This is certainly something to bare in mind when deciding a time of day to drink this.
Three Spirit Livener Look
Three Spirit have certainly got their styling nailed down. The bottle and labelling are classy and mystical looking. It is branded with “botanical alchemy” and the bottle does scream that.
The spirit itself is a deep red-purple-brown colour and you would certainly guess there is beet in it.
Three Spirit Livener Aroma
This is a hugely complex smell as you would expect from the list of ingredients.
There is an earthy smell from the beet I guess, plenty of sweetness and just a whole bunch of unquantifiable but intriguing aromas.
The overall aroma is sweet earthy rather than floral or tropical.
Three Spirit Livener Taste
The taste is actually nicer than the smell, I think from the dilution with the tonic water. At first I get an almost raspberry sweetness which transforms into a deep earthy taste.
As sweet as this is there is a very big savoury taste from all the plant botanicals. I have no idea what all the extracts are but they have mixed into a complex and mostly enjoyable but entirely unique taste.
There is a fiery nature that you would get some say a ginger switchel but not quite to the same degree but it is there at the back of the throat.
I am not sure in what situation I would be drinking this. They seem to market this as “The Party Starter” given the caffeine and bitter botanicals.
It definitely tastes like an adult drink and I can see this adding great depth and complexity to cocktails. I must come back to that. On their website they have plenty of Livener cocktail recipes such as bloody mary, julep and daiquiri
Three Spirit Livener Verdict
I have circled back to this a few times before finally reviewing it. The trick is not to dilute it too much with maybe 100ml of tonic. It is an unusual but flavoursome elixir which needs to be tried to be fully understood.
I’m not sure I would use it to get the party started but I certainly wouldn’t have it late at night
Three Spirit Livener Score
8.5/10 – I really liked this, it is unusual but captivating. There is always a new flavour to find or aroma to place.
Where to buy Three Spirit Livener?
You can check out the live price of these on Amazon by following this link
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off
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Is Three Spirit Livener gluten free?
Yes, Three Spirit Livener is gluten free
Is Three Spirit Livener vegan?
Yes, Three Spirit Livener is vegan friendly. In fact they pride themselves on being plant based and sustainably sourced.
To read more about why a non alcoholic spirit might not be vegan, you can read this article
Needs to be tried to be understood, very interesting non alcoholic spirit