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Tia Lusso is best drunk in a hot steaming bath whith loads of bubbles and candles all around and a sexy man pouring it for you!. I am a fan of cream liquors and did not think that i would ever be turned away from the tradition of Baileys but when someone ( that sexy man by the bath) bought me a bottle of tia lusso a couple of years ago he converted me. It is lighter and easier to drink (which may not always be a good things for some of us) and goes perfect over ice. The biggest down side is the fact that it is sooo nice but high in calories so the easier it is to drink the more you drink and soon the bottle is empty and you realise you cant eat for 2 days to get back on your calorie goal! But then every thing pleasurable is bad for us so drink and enjoy!
Tia Lusso is liqueur made by a company called Pernod Ricard who is also the maker of drinks such as Malibu and Khula.
Tia Lusso is made from Rum, Jamaican Coffee beans and cream and is approx 17% vol. It comes in a blue very stylish glass bottle that is a great gift idea. It is available in a two sizes the miniature (one measure) and the bottle (70cl). Around Christmas time it is also available in gift packs that include things such as glasses or chocolate. I recived one a few years ago and loved it. It retails for around £3 per miniature and £11 per bottle. Gift sets can be anything up to £15.
For me it is a drink slightly similar that of Irish Cream Liquers. It is a rich cream colour and has quite a thin and easy to pour consistency. It tastes like a creamy coffee with a strong kick of alcohol. I like the taste but find it too sweet to have more than one or two. The drink can be served alone, with ice or as part of cocktail
It is a nice pleasant coffee tasting creamy liquor. Well worth a try
While we were on holiday recently, Mrs P had a bit of a problem. No, I don't mean with her choice of travelling companion. The thing is, she's quite partial to a drop of Tia Maria of an evening and, unlike me, she's quite fussy about what she pours down her throat. The trouble is, we were in Tuscany, where it seemed to be a Tia Maria-free zone. Oh dear.
What to do?
As I said, unlike me, Mrs P is particularly fussy when it comes to drinking alcohol (obviously not so much when it comes to men, but that's another story), so we were facing the prospect of an alcohol-free (and quite possibly smile-free) trip. Nothing for it but to scour the supermarket shelves looking for suitable after-dinner drinks.
TIA LUSSO has been available in the UK for quite a while now, but neither of us had been tempted to try it - I had the impression that it would be very similar to Baileys. Now while there's nothing wrong with that, it's not really a drink that you'd want more than occasionally and so buying a bottle didn't seem worthwhile...so we never did.
However, needs must when the devil drives, and so it was that we came to be in possession of a bright and shiny, 70cl blue-glass bottle of the aforementioned tipple. Incidentally, If you're familiar with TM, you won't have any trouble spotting Tia Lusso - the bottle has the same wide-bottomed design (a bit like Mrs...no, I better not), and, apart from the difference in colours, the same label design - a sort of swirly, blue and gold with gold lettering...not real gold, that would just be silly and, I imagine, prohibitively expensive.
Tia Lusso, not surprisingly, is made by the same company that makes Tia Maria, Allied Domecq. They're quite a large company, I'm led to believe, but obviously don't have enough clout to stock TM in Italy.
But enough fripple-frapple, what's in the bottle?
The first thing you notice when opening the bottle is the strong, roasty aroma of coffee...caffe corretto to be precise. That is, coffee that's 'corrected' by adding a dash of alcohol, in this case rum. It also smells vaguely like vanilla ice-cream. It's quite a pleasant, enticing aroma.
On pouring it (just like beer, you shouldn't drink it straight from the bottle), I was surprised at its relative lack of viscosity. You'd imagine that, being a creamy drink, it would be thicky and gloopy but it was actually quite fluid.
It's an attractive tannish, toffee/coffee colour - rather like a caffe latte, without the froth of course.
On tasting it, I was again slightly surprised at how the cream didn't really feel thick and gooey. It did feel lush and velvety though. There's a decent hit from the rum too, though not overwhelming. There seems to be just the right ratio of alcohol to the mix, enough that you can taste it, but not so much that it dominates.
Plenty of coffee flavour there too, but that also doesn't dominate the flavour, and the creaminess compliments the coffee beautifully. It leaves a nice, rich and creamy aftertaste with just the slightest alcoholic glow.
At 17% ABV, this isn't the strongest of liqueurs on the market, but it's not about numbers, is it? Apparently, the makers claim that it's less fattening than other, similar liqueurs. I'll take their word for it. But the day I base my decision on which cream-based liqueur to drink as part of a weight-loss programme is the day I know I've lost the plot.
On the whole (that whole being my mouth), I quite enjoyed this. It wasn't as sweet and sticky and sickly as I imagined, but I don't think it's a drink that I could sip on all evening. One, maybe two, but I think any more than that would be overpowering.
I'd imagine it would be a nice drink for those who don't much like the taste of alcohol as, even though you can taste the rum, it's more like the flavour you get from a rum truffle that from a bottle of Cap'n Morgan's grog.
Me? well I'd drink it again...occasionally, but I think I still prefer beer.
If you feel tempted, Tia Lusso is widely available in all good stores in the UK (and some in Italy). A 70cl bottle will set you back around £14 or so - not cheap, but what is?
I can remember when this was first intorduced. I was working behind a bar at the time so I got all the sale jargon. I won't fob all of that off on to you though! Well maybe just a bit!!!
====What's It Like?====
This drink is basically the same as Baileys, only instead of having an Irish whiskey base, it's got a Tia Maria base - yes Tia Maria is the maker of this cream liquer. I find this to be a smoother and thinner drink than Baileys, which makes it easier to drink, because you don't have the coating left in your mouth that you can get with other drinks. It has a fairly sweet taste, not dissimilar to its Baileys rival.
As with most cream liquers, this is a very easy drink to swallow, and doesn't leave any bad after taste.
====Who's It For?====
Well traditionally a drink like this one is seen as one for the ladies, but I know numerous men who can't get enough of the stuff! Really it's for anyone who likes cream liquers and particularly Baileys. So my friend who had one too many White Russions hates this!!!
This has a deep blue glass bottle - so possibly a present idea for a saffire wedding aniversary. Don't forget to recycle the bottle when you've finished with it.
17% so quite strong but not over powering. However, you can feel a kick behind it! (Especially if you haven't eaten!)
====When at the pub...====
This comes in a 50ml messure and will probable set you back anything up to £2.50 - that's what we charged where I used to work.
If you're lucky, they'll have a special Lusso glass ,which makes the drinking experience more enjoyable. The glasses have a unique shape and are rimmed in blue with the golden "lusso" written across them.
Just with ice is the best way! But for the more adventurous of you, you could try an alternative "Slippery Nipple":
Instead of Baileys, use a measure of Lusso floated on top of a measure of Zambuca!
I'm not making that up by the way! Someone actually ordered that dtink from me once!
Another way to enjoy this is drizzled over your favourite ice cream - yummy! Or how about as a liquer coffee?
====In the Shop====
There are three different sized bottles available
in a 700ml, 350ml and a mini.
The 700ml will set you back around £12, the 350ml around a tenner and I the mini varies depending on if it's part of a gift but usually around £3.
They often do gift sets too for around £15, which usually contains a large bottle and either a Tia Lusso glass of sunglasses!
Visit www.tialusso.com but you can only access it if you're over 18.
Because it is an easy drink to have, you could easily have too much.
Also, I find it to be quite sickly after a while.
====A Final Word====
Remember, please drink sensibly!
Thanks for reading! :-)
I was lucky enough to be invited to a Glamour evening arranged by Tia Lusso a couple of weeks ago and was served this all night - by the time it was time to go home I was hooked! I was also given 2 bottles to bring home to try. WOW! The bottles a great design - a dark blue glass bottle shaped like a Tia Maria bottle (as Tia Maria are the company behind Tia Lusso in case you hadn't guessed!) with a dark blue and gold label. And theres a hidden use..... scrub the labels off (which isn't easy cos I think they've superglued them on!) and get some long church candles and you've got 2 trendy candle holders. I sprayed mine gold where the label was and honest, they look ace on the kitchen table!!! The first thing you notice when you're pouring the Tia Lusso is the smell - its a very strong coffee smell but it manages to smell 'creamy' at the same time. The back of the bottle recommends serving it neat or over ice. HAVE IT OVER ICE! Its one of those drinks that warm up really easily so if you want to take your time over it you need the ice to keep it cool. I knew it was going to be good.... The first sip is a sensation! It tastes nothing like you imagine by the smell, the taste of rum comes through but at the back of your mouth theres a coffee flavour and its a gorgeous combination. Its made with fresh cream but its not as rich as Baileys (which is also made with fresh cream) although theres a slightly syrupy texture to the drink. There's more of a 'kick' to Tia Lusso in your throat whereas Baileys is a very smooth, creamy drink. At the Glamour evening one of the waitresses who worked for Tia Lusso said that it was lower in fat than other cream liquers too so thats a bonus! It has an ABV of 17% but its one of those drinks that make you laugh after a couple of glasses so feels loads stronger than that. Now the price of Tia Lusso is a bit of a mystery. In the little outdoor round the corner from me i
ts £10.49 for a 70cl bottle. In the huge Tesco up the road its £11.99 a bottle or a 1/2 size bottle for £8.29 or a miniature for £1.99. In another Tesco in Birmingham its £10.99 for a 70cl bottle and £7.99 for a 1/2 bottle. But the best deal I've seen was in Asda where it was £9.49 a bottle but that was on a 'gone when its gone' offer so you'll probably have to keep an eye out if you want to get it this cheap. It really is money worth spending though if you want a quality drink. It looks to be aimed mainly at women, but a bloke could easily drink a few glasses.... and it tastes a lot better than a half warm can of Carling! Theres a Tia Lusso website at www.tialusso.it but unfortunately its all in Italian so I didn't lean anything there, but hopefully they'll launch an English site so we can all have a look! A bit off subject, but they seem a generous company too. At the Glamour evening they arranged a beautician, hairdresser, nail stylist, facial and neck massage for each of us. There were waitresses walking round all night with complimentary glasses of Tia Lusso over ice, dressed it what seems to be the image of Tia Lusso - a short blonde wig, black cocktail dresses and stilettoes. We were served a posh buffet meal and everyone came home with 2 bottles of Tia Lusso (they just wanted to get us addicted!), 2 nice blue glass Tia Lusso glasses (if you can get hold of a couple of these, get them - its like they're specially designed for the drink and you CAN taste the difference out of another glass!) and tonnes of beauty stuff. If you like Baileys and creamy drinks in general, definately give Tia Lusso a try or if you just fancy a 'posh' drink its great and not too badly priced. I like a 'posh' bottle on New Years Eve and this year it was a bottle of Tia Lusso and a bag of ice cubes. Thanks for reading. :o)
First things first, I do not accept full responsibility for the title to this review. After racking my brains for ages, my hubby came up with this. So any awards for cheesiness should be addressed to him. Thanks. :O) Anyway, back to the review. Last weekend we had a few friends over to celebrate our son's first birthday. Although Craig received loads of presents from everyone, we weren't left out. We couldn't move for boxes of chocolates, flowers and booze lying everywhere. We should throw a party more often :) One of our gifts that we managed to keep hidden (just) was a bottle of Tia Lusso that my mum had smuggled in. Knowing that my favourite tipple is Bailey's Irish Cream, she thought she would introduce me to this liquer drink after she had sampled it for herself a couple of weeks before. Tia Lusso may sound quite familiar to some of you. Well, you're right as it's made by the same company that make the famous liquer, Tia Maria. I have tried this a couple of times and wasn't disappointed so I was more than happy to sample the taste of this relatively new drink. Tia Lusso comes in a dark blue bottle which is very attractive. This bottle instantly gives the impression that this drink is high quality and luxurious. The bottle is the same design as that of Tia Maria, wide bottom with a long slender neck. The labels add to this image, with the bright blue and white swirly design with a tornado sweeping across the centre. The lettering is all in gold. Taking off the screw top is a delight in itself. The smell of strong coffee is the first thing that stirs my senses, and there is a slight hint of rum in the background. It has a slightly creamy edge to it and does not smell at all sickly as I would have thought. As I pour the drink into my glass, on ice as suggested, tt makes a gloopy sound while coming out of the bottle. The liquer is gorgeously thick and creamy, very
much like Baileys that I know and love and it has a lovely coffee/caramel colour. It takes every part of me to resist taking a drink straight away. The things we have to put ourselves through in the name of market research. As I take my first sip of Tia Lusso, I get an instant kick of warmth at the back of my throat from the Rum. With the addition of Jamaican coffee this is a taste to die for. Both ingredients compliment each so well without being too overpowering. The liquer slides ever so smoothly down my throat and it's consistency is as rich and creamy as Bailey's, but slightly lighter as it contains half the fat of other liquers on the market. There is a pleasant aftertaste of coffee long after your glass is emptied. This drink has quite a high alcohol content, 17% ABV to be exact, so you will get pleasantly tipsy after a couple of glasses. As this was a gift, I paid nothing at all for it, but for those not so lucky, you can find Tia Lusso in most supermarkets. For a 1lt bottle you can expect to pay around £12. Tesco have it on sale for £11.87, and a 70cl bottle costs £9.47, and if you want to sample a smaller bottle then it costs £6.79 for 35cl. If you are fluent in Italian, there is a website you can visit. As I cannot speak a word of this language, I can only guess that it offers the usual bits and pieces like competitions, and general product information. Log onto www.tialusso.it for more. Even if you can't read a word of it you can sit and drool over the bottle that appears on the welcome page.
Most people that know me will of course be aware that I have a passion for booze, I?m not quite as bad as Andrea (Tange) or Drew (Proxam) but I like my ale none the less. I?m never really fussy what it is that I drink so long as it has a high enough alcohol content (I know, major p*sshead). Usually though, when I go into a shop or supermarket to buy myself a drink, I nearly always end up with some kind of lager, while my other half nearly always ends up with a carton of fresh orange and a bottle of Voddy. Anyway, after a healthy win on one of the Lotto scratchcards I decided that we would try out something new for a change in our local shop. To cut a long story short, the shop keeper quite uselessly failed to find us the price for a bottle of Sheridan?s (which looked delicious) so we opted for a large bottle of Tia Lusso instead. We had no idea what is was you understand but we?ll try anything once. Useless cow, I ask you, what kind of shop keeper sells products and doesn?t even know how much they cost? Anyway, here are my findings: ~~~~~~PRODUCT PACKAGING~~~~~~ Tia Lusso comes in a rather attractive navy blue, fat glass bottle with a slim neck, the label is also navy blue with light blue and white cloudy things swirled all over the place. Tia Lusso is written in fancy gold letters on the front and surprise, surprise, it has a navy blue lid. The bottle is also recyclable for all you Green peace nerds out there. On the back of the label is a rather well spoken description of the drink, the alcoholic units per bottle and some other useless crap to fill up the space. ~~~~~~WHAT IS TIA LUSSO?~~~~~~ Tia Lusso is a cream liqueur not unlike Baileys Irish Cream but it is slightly different in a few aspects. As with Baileys, it?s main ingredient is fresh cream, but Tia Lusso is made with Jamaican coffee and rum instead of plain old whiskey. Tia Lusso is also fairly strong alcohol wise, a decent and not too
overpowering 17% for a drink that is best drunk on it?s own without the need to be watered down. ~~~~~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~~~~~ The large bottle that we purchased cost us £11.99 but I suppose it will be cheaper from the likes of Morrisons or Tesco?s. It is available in three sizes, the large 700ml bottle like the one we got, a half sized bottle and a miniature (not sure of the price for these two, it?s full sized or nothing for a big boy like me). It is widely available from most off licence shops and almost all major supermarkets, probably with the exception of those cheapomarkets like Lidl and Netto?s. ~~~~~~SMELL, TASTE AND APPEARANCE~~~~~~ Okay, when I screwed off the top, (No lurid thoughts please) I was greeted with a strong coffee type smell but it did smell similar to Baileys as well, strange but very appealing. I poured out a small glass full and if I hadn?t have known any better, I would have sworn down it was Baileys, a thick, creamy looking, light brown liquid which left a misty cloud on your glass when tilted. Now for the taste test, I couldn?t help thinking that it would taste exactly the same as a glass of Baileys but I was in for a nice surprise. It was very creamy and slid down my throat at a snails pace, the generous rum kick left my throat warm and tingly. The best was yet to come though, the rich, strong aftertaste of pure cream coffee was simply delightful. I just had to have another glass, and another glass, and another, well you get the picture. I generally don?t like rum but in this case the rum flavor wasn?t too evident and was totally surpassed by the sheer flavor of the creamy coffee taste. ~~~~~~MY FINAL THOUGHTS~~~~~~ I would highly recommend Tia Lusso to anyone especially if you are a fan of Baileys, it is made by the same people who make Tia Maria so the quality is already assured. I think for a cream liqueur, it is also very reasonably
pric ed an d is well worth the money in the taste test alone. Apparently, it is best served neat or over ice but it is NOT to be served with any kind of citrus juice or acidic mixers. We didn?t have any ice at the time so neat was our only option but boy was it tasty. Although this sort of drink is widely looked upon as a woman?s drink, I would have no fears about going into a supermarket for another bottle myself, hey, if your drinking Carling, then it?s your loss. ~~~~~~CONTACT INFO~~~~~~ Allied Domicq spirits and wine UK Ltd Prewetts Mill Worthing RD Horsham West Sussex RH12 1ST Sorry people there isn?t a web site printed on the label. Thanks for the read DEANO!
Italian cream liqueur. Fusion of Jamaican coffee and smooth rum, blended with fresh cream.