GSN Review: Mr Black Coffee Amaro

Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, recently announced the US debut of their coffee liqueur – Mr Black Coffee Amaro. This expression is a bitter liqueur inspired by two iconic drinking heritages, Italy’s after-dinner drink tradition, and Australia’s coffee culture.

Crafted with bittersweet Arabica coffee, fourteen carefully selected distillates and macerated fresh native Australian ingredients botanicals sourced locally including Illawarra plum and macadamia, bitter gentian, orange peel, local grapefruit, and toasted coffee also impart a unique flavor.

Boosted by the demand for at-home cocktail making, according to Nielsen’s, sales for coffee liqueurs grew 23.7 percent, with Mr Black ranking as the second fastest-growing liqueur overall on e-retailer Drizly in 2020. Both coffee and amaro have long been prized for their qualities as digestive drinks enjoyed at the end of a meal or in classic cocktails. With their bitterness, herbal complexity, fruit flavors, and subtle sweetness, Amari has turned from being simply known as a traditional Italian aperitif to being firmly embraced from behind the bar to those at home, cementing its place in modern drinking and cocktail culture.

Tom Baker, co-founder of Mr Black notes: “What people might not know about Mr Black, is our coffee roastery is also a world-class gin distillery. Our Co-Founder Philip Moore is Australia’s highest awarded gin distiller, being the only Australian to have won Gold at the London International Wine & Spirits Competition. We make coffee by night and distill botanicals during the day. Our Coffee Amaro is the extension of my love and worship of coffee and Philip’s 30-year botanical obsession”.

GSN’s Remarks: Firmly in both camps of coffee and amaro, the flavor of Mr. Black has a strong and slightly bitter espresso quality along with some more intense herbal flavors that fill out the overall palate. What makes this unique is that it is neither sweet nor overly bitter. The balance makes for a liqueur that can be used equally in cocktails and as an after dinner drink. Mr Black has a lot of possibilities and we approve. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Mr Black Co

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