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Who's for Fruity Creamy Elephants?!
Member Name: Abski2001
Advantages: Creamy fruity alcoholic beverage - Tasty
Disadvantages: Can be a bit sickly
Christmas just gone I once again had a very large glass of Amarula thrust into my hand. This is my partner's mothers favourite Christmas drink and she always buys a new bottle in every year.
Amarula comes in a quite unique bottle. This is a thick and solid glass that is a nice velvety chocolate brown colour. The bottle has a slight bulge design at the base and the top where the thin neck starts. On the top of the neck is a screw on cap that is a beige/gold colour. The label of this bottle is again a beige colour to match the cap and there is a big elephant sketch underneath the Amarula branding and the caption 'The Spirit of Africa'.
Amarula comes in a 70 Cl bottle and the liquor is 17 % ABV, this should be stored in the fridge or at a cool temperature 5°C 25°C.
This beverage is a cream based drink whose main/unique ingredient is the Marlula fruit which is only found in the sub-Saharan plains of Africa. Apparently elephants go wild for this fruit, hence the elephant campaign. The fruit is very rich in vitamins including vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium, as well as protein, which makes it a few portions of your five a day*.
(* this may not be strictly true!!!)
The fruit only grows for a few months of the year, after this it is picked and then fermented, distilled and matured for two years in Oak before being blended with the finest fresh dairy cream to create the Amarula drink.
To Serve & Taste
This drink can be drunk on its own or in coffees and cocktails. Personally I have only had it as a stand-alone drink, but it is definitely something that I would like to try in a cocktail! It is best enjoyed chilled over ice.
The liquid is a rich, smooth and creamy consistency that is a light beige colour. The drink is quite thick, as you would expect of a cream based liquor. The taste of this is quite surprising and distinctive, my initial perception of this was that it was going to taste like Baileys which I enjoy every now and then, but this is a lot more fruity.
The first flavour that you get from this is a sweet and creamy essence, it is very rich and smooth and quite refreshing with a cube of ice. The fruitiness comes through immediately after which makes the taste of this very sweet and after one glass I find a bit sickly if I'm honest. The drink also has a faint earthy and wooden flavour which I suppose comes from the Oak barrels it is matured in. For a 17 % ABV I also think it tastes quite robust and you get a hit of strong alcohol with each mouthful that warms you up.
I like this drink as a single helping at the dinner table post meal rather than something I would drink on a night out. It is lovely and rich and warming, with a silky smooth texture. For me, one large measure of this is enough, if you like creamy based drink this is a nice alternative with a fruity twist. A 70 cl bottle of this currently costs around £13 which is a good price for a decent creamy treat!
Summary: A lovely rich and warming creamy treat - Definitely worth a try!
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