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Fancy a Quickie?
Member Name: proxam
Date: 06/02/05, updated on 27/09/11 (143 review reads)
Advantages: Strong coffee flavour
Disadvantages: A little too bitter
Is there any better combination than coffee and alcohol?
Well, yes, there is. But I haven't got time to list them all here.
There are many coffee-based liqueurs on the market, and everyone has there own favourite. Personally, I don't think much beats the flavour of Tia Maria, but giving it a good run for its money, at least in the popularity stakes, is Kahlua.
Kahlua is apparently made from the finest hand picked Mexican coffee beans. These are gently roasted and then fused with a selection of rums and the ubiquitous secret ingredients*.
* Abridged from: http://www.kahlua.com
Incidentally, I heard George Dubbya's library burned down.
Both books were completely destroyed
He hadn't even finished colouring-in the second one.
Kahlua comes in a nicely-shaped bottle with one of the most interesting labels you'll ever see on a liqueur. But that counts for very little if the contents don't match up. So let's unscrew it and see.
The first thing I notice when pouring this into a glass is the rather viscous-like consistency. It's quite thick and slow-moving. It's also very dark - almost black in colour.
The coffee aroma is very noticeable - not overpowering, but still 'right-in-yer-face', or more accurately 'right-up-yer-nose'. Still, considering coffee is one of the main ingredients, I'd find it suspicious if I couldn't smell it. There's also a hint of vanilla in the aroma, and an almost imperceptible flake of chocolate.
The taste is where it falls apart for me. Sure, it does have a strong coffee flavour, and I love coffeee, but it's a little too harsh for my liking. It has a burnt, almost smoky quality - as though the coffee beans have been roasted to the point of cremation. This in turn gives it a bitter edge, and not a particularly pleasant bitterness, I think. The vanilla and chocolate are also to be found on the palate, but again, they only make a fleeting, very subtle appearance.
The alcohol is not very prominent until the aftertaste when it has a quite warming feel.
* The Verdict *
At 26.5%ABV, I would describe this as OK, no more. I know many people prefer it over other similar products, but I'm afraid I don't agree. I find it a little too harsh, a little too bitter, and a little unsubtle. One thing in it's favour is that it's not as sticky as most other liqueurs, but that's hardly a glowing recommendation.
Nope, it's not my favourite, but the odd snifter or two certainly doesn't go wrong.
Currently, a 700ml bottle can be had for £10.98 in Asda/Walmart, which is a pretty good deal.
I'm afraid I'll have to cut this review short now as Mrs P's just asked me if I wanted a quick fuck...
Oh please, get your minds out of the gutter (shakes head sadly). It's a cocktail made with Kahlua. Here's the recipe:
In a chilled shot glass, fill 1/4 of the glass with Kahlua, then double that amount of Melon Liquor, then top it up with Baileys Irish Cream.
Kahlua lends itself to a great number of cocktail recipes, which I'm not going to list. If you feel the need, you can find a stack of them here:
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