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What jungle drums say Tarzon? I Don't know but I think the Amarula Chief may be building a shed!!
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Date: 26/01/10, updated on 11/10/10 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Fruity Smooth Drink And Relatively Cheap Too
Disadvantages: If You Don't Like Irish Cream You Won't Like Amarula
My (wild?) review of Amarula
There's no getting round it; I got quite a lot of booze given to me over Christmas, which is slightly odd as I probably only get through 2 or 3 alcoholic drinks on a good week! Gone are my mad days of University gigs in the 90's where the beer would be stacked up to the ceiling in a bubbly tower of crates in our dressing room...
...(and then mysteriously disappear slowly one crate at a time, as the more enterprising students risked a quick sortie into the band dressing room while we were out doing various sound checks -lol! Not that I minded; there was enough alcohol there to give King Kong a hang over).
But nowadays I prefer to finish my social nights in the same condition I start them; upright and without any slurring :-)
Among my clinking glass collection of donations from Santa was a rather nice bottle that caught my eye, and hence got opened quickly... Nice because... well because... OK I liked it because it had a picture of an elephant and I happen to like elephants -lol (despite strangely never owning one; just no room in the garage with my folding bike!).
What is this Amarula tribe, Tarzan?
Despite all the mysterious references on the bottle to elephants (which I'm pretty confident it doesn't contain any of -lol!) and exotic African fruit, Amarula is a cream liqueur - very much following in the footsteps of Baileys and other Irish Creams.
Even the bottle is very similar to a generic/supermarket home brand Irish Cream bottle - with its smoky brown glass and gold screw cap, though somehow the addition of the elephant picture and a bit of thin gold rope knotted around the neck of the bottle under the cap - combine to make Amarula more eye catching somehow.
Something new; or same old witch doctors brew?
As I mentioned - as far as I'm concerned Amarula is basically an Irish Cream variant... but it does differ slightly in the addition of a fruity flavour. The fruit is supplied by the wild marula fruit (ok I have no idea what that is either; but I'm sure I saw an episode where Tarzan averted a tribe wide fever by bravely going off to fetch a similar plant for the jungle doctor to administer -so it's probably something like that -lol!).
As Adam an Eve may have once said - during their run in with the big fellow; 'Does a bit fruit really matter?' ... and in this case (I mean the Amarula not Adam-and-eve -lol!) make a difference... Well yes, it sure does...
As soon as you unscrew the cap (a disappointing way to open the bottle - I was hoping the top needed to be levered off with coconut husks or dried giraffe droppings or something; in keeping with the mood) the aroma of fruitiness hits you.
Not an unpleasant citrus fruit smell -which would turn my stomach in the presence of all that cream (yuck! I love oranges, grapefruit etc but that kind of smell mixed with cream would be nasty!) -but a rich, dark fruit... perhaps distantly akin to the darker berries you might taste in a yogurt.
The marula fruit (marula; it'll probably turn out to be African for cherry or blackberry won't it? You know; like they rename everyday food in restaurants so it sounds more exotic -and er...costs more :-) mixes well with the thick aroma of cream and the sharper fragrance of 17% vol alcohol that hits your nostrils harder than a distracted, dentist (hey it's the only analogy I could think of so cut me some slack please; you can use the rope tied round the Amarula bottle to do it if you like -lol!)
(Or has Jane put purple spider wallpaper in Tarzan's tree house again?)
Poured into a glass with a little ice (I recommend cubes from the fridge rather than collecting it from outside during very cold weather!!) and then left to settle in a warm room for a while so that some of the ice melts in with the Amarula -I put my glass on the shelf above the gas fire for about 5 minutes before drinking it (if all you're ice melts immediately you should probably dial for help as your house may be on fire :-) ...then the taste is really quite spectacular (if you like the Irish Cream type drinks).
The fruity taste is quite evident as you sip Amarula, but so too is the predictably warm rich creamy taste that you'd expect from this type of liqueur. It is at heart simply Baileys (or similar Irish cream) with a bit of a fruity kick thrown in for good measure; and very good it is too.
Worth going on Safari for; or just a big Cheetah?
Although I think Amarula is not quite as original as it thinks it is... being just an Irish Cream variant with a bit of fruit thrown in... I can't dispute that it is a fine blend of ingredients and that the end result, for folks like me who enjoy Irish cream; is one of pleasant surprise!
I don't think I could be tempted away from the usual Baileys variants to drink Amarula exclusively -but it is a welcome slight change from the norm and I will certainly be buying the drink at some point when my current bottle is empty (I think there's a an old legend whereby when the bottle is nearing empty it must return by long and perilous trek to the jungle from whence it was created, and then seek out the secret Amarula graveyard... You know; I really must stop watching those old Johnny Weissmuller films :-)
Last time I saw a bottle of Amarula on sale it was hovering (not literally!) at just under £10 for a 700ml bottle which in my book (my Jungle Book -sorry couldn't resist it -I am in jovial mood today aren't I? It's not the alcohol I assure you :-) puts it in the category of -not too expensive a treat, but not one I'd buy every few weeks -maybe once every 3 or 4 months possibly? But the point is; buy it I would -I really liked the drink...
The only negative I can think off regarding Amarula would perhaps be for someone who doesn't like Irish Cream in general and so naturally they wouldn't like Amarula by default.
I bet even our black and white, Olympic winning, Tarzan AKA Johnny Weissmuller would have enjoyed a little tipple of Amarula in ye olde tree house -that is of course on nights he wasn't going down his local jungle pub; The Vine!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my review, hope you enjoyed it, found some useful information and forgave my terrible humour!!
Summary: I really like it -I'm digging out a canoe so I can travel up-river to buy some more...
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