Uses real espresso as an ingredient unlike a host of others.
Notes: Made by a venerable (1868- old by by our standards in America) Italian producer of a number of excellent products (including a astonishing array of grappa). They claim to be one of the only true expresso liqueuers out there but give no explanation as to why that is or how they themselves qualify. While not critical for our review it would be nice if someone explained these points.
First Impression: Robust espresso, and hints of chocolate/alkali smell. The alcohol is quite subdued and you pick up on it more from the nose tickling than a direct alcohol smell.
Appearance: Pleasing gold/copper color, dark but not opaque, on swirling leaves a even, somewhat thick coat on the glass with some legs developing.
Taste: Somewhat like the bottom of a cup of expresso if you added sugar to it. First a quick sugar blast of thick and sweet followed rapidly by the bitter of expresso , then it settles down to intense sweetened coffee again. Finish is at first almost grainy coffee bean like then a very dark chocolate,a lingering pleasant alkali taste, mild alcohol aftertaste.
Drinks: We found all of their proprietary recipes to be excellent. We especially liked it in our Toasted Almonds. Be careful with this in your coffee(especially your morning coffee) it is very easy to drink. It may totally counteract the caffeine resulting in relaxation. Also good in cooking.
Bottle: Dark green black bottle, rectangular at base then rounding at shoulder. Tasteful multicolor graphics silkscreened directly on bottle. Black screwcap closure with plastic pour spout/guide inside neck for easier pouring.
Other: Made in Trieste, Italy, since 1933. Expresso itself was created in 1901, by the way.
Final Thoughts: A nicely done expresso coffee liqueur, actually using expresso beans rather than a syrup/extract – a number of competitors methods are more like how one makes compound (not to say bathtub) gin. Also this is a straight up coffee liqueur without a lot of extraneous ingredients.
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