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Tia Maria is a rum based drink with a strong coffee taste as well to the product, it is a drink that is quite heavy based, and not one that I can drink regulary or a lot of it, but as an occasional treat then it is nice.
Tia Maria originated in Jamicia, and the design of the bottle has never really changed in design, with the attractive red, black and gold colour scheme, and this gives it a stylish feel to the drink.
For anyone who has not drunk Tia Maria, the best way I could describe it is a very strong sweet black coffee, this can be served in many ways.
I find that if I use this with ice cubes, the sharpness of the ice, cuts through the drink, even though this is not a harsh drink, if anything it is very sweet drink and the ice makes it melt longer.
I find that coke is lovely with the Tia Maria, as it adds a new dimension to the Tia Maria, it melts the strong element of the coffee and the cola . I have tried this with the lime coke and this also tastes nice, as the lime further adds a new dimension to the drink.
This turns this into a longer drink.
This is where Tia Maria also adds a further dimension to drinks as it can be served with other spirits as a cocktail.
Equal measures - Tia Maria, Vodka topped up with Coke.
This doesn't really change the flavour of the drink for me, but the added Vodka does give it a kick in terms of alcohol as adding a new spirit, with Vodka generally being 37.5% a easy way to get a headache
Equal measures of Tia Maria, Vodka and topped up with Cream.
Ignore the calories, this is beautiful, although it goes down to well but this is a drink you only want one or two as the cream can be heavy, but this is like drinking a cold liquer coffee.
I find the best way to perk up a fresh ground coffee is add a good measure of Tia Maria, as this gives the coffee a more indepth flavour.
I was introduced to this method of Tia Maria in a drink with Hot Chocolate by a friend, although I was not 100% sure, and am still sitting on the fence, it gives the Hot Chocolate a Mocha taste, it is a like it or hate it drink like this.
The ABV of the Tia Maria is 20%, which is a ball part figure for liquer drinks.
=Price and Availability=
This can be purchased in most retailers, and is around £15 for a 70cl bottle, which in my opinion is more expensive than traditional spirits such as Whisky, although at Christmas time you can get Tia Maria on offer.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend Tia Maria, it is a great flavour drink, a good mixer, and one that is lovely on a summers day as much as it is on a winters evening.
My only niggle is the price, as I feel that the price does put me off from buying this more than I wish to.
I have a lot to thank my mother for. Life would be one thing, I suppose. Breastfeeding would be another, although I am not medically qualified to say.
And then there's reading to me, imbuing me with a strong sense of morality and making my tea - in no particular order.
However, the debt of gratitude I have in mind right now is the one I owe her for introducing me to Tia Maria, the coffee liqueur that originated in Jamaica.
### Mother and Drink ###
My mother had a Primitive Methodist upbringing, but went wild in her youth and defected to the Baptists who were known to be so immoderate in their drinking habits that they might have two cups of tea at one sitting.
Despite this waywardness, she still managed to avoid entering a pub until she was 47. Incredible, isn't it? To give her the credit due to her, she was a fast learner and wasn't slow in making up for lost time. She quickly developed a taste for a wide range of alcoholic beverages and one bottle that was never far from hand was the elegant dark green of the Tia Maria bottle.
For mother, Tia Maria was a tipple that turned a cup of coffee into a thing of luxury. It would come out on a Sunday morning when the meat was in the oven and the veg prepared and there was time to sit with a cuppa and put the world to rights. And we did. Sometimes it tasted so good we had to put the world to rights twice!
These days, in her honour, I always have a bottle on the go. I don't drink it every day, by any means, but I save it for when I want to have that extra special drink that is all about comfort and reward.
### The Drink ###
Tia Maria is said to originate from Jamaica and there's an exotic story of a young Spanish woman running away from the family plantation and taking the recipe with her. She named the liqueur after a servant who'd gone with her and whom she called "Aunt" Maria. Good job the servant wasn't called Gladys. It wouldn't have had the same ring to it, would it?
The recipe was "discovered" in the thirties and began to be commercially produced. It's now very widely available and you could pick up a 70cl bottle from Asda right now for £13.00 (tip:- that's better value than buying the litre bottle)
It's a mixture of rum, coffee and vanilla and the resulting concoction is smooth, sweet and seductive. At 20% proof, you wouldn't want too many of them before you tried carving the Sunday joint.
### How to Have It ###
So of course there's the liqueur coffee. I always think it tastes best in a milky coffee, but it's also great in a strong, black, little number, as it balances the bitterness nicely.
On its own with ice is good. The ice cuts into the sweetness, which for me makes it more palatable. As a rum-based drink, you won't be surprised to hear that it works well with coke, and again the addition of ice gives it zing!
You could use it in desserts. There's a Tia Maria cheesecake. Imagine Tia Maria trifle!
The manufacturers have been pushing the idea of the Tia Espresso Martini, a cocktail of espresso, Tia Maria and Vodka, with added sugar. I haven't tried this, but it sounds good, although I'd probably leave out the extra sugar and use more Tia Maria, which is sweet anyway.
Then again, if you've had a hard day and you want to get a good night's sleep, why not make yourself a mug of hot milk and add a shot of this yummy liqueur so that you can settle off with a smile on your face?
In fact, that's what I'm going to do right now, just as soon as I've posted this.
This beverage is heavenly! Lets begin by describing what it actually is because upon hearing me order this at a bar pretty much all of my friends have questioned what it is I'm actually drinking. Tia Maria is a dark liqeur that has tastes of coffee and vanilla. It originated from Jamaica, the story has it that a young Spanish girl had to flee the country and her familys plantation, one servant accomanied her and carried the family's receipe with her, the servents name: Tia Maria.
This liqeur is drunk most commonly in 50ml servings in a variety of ways. Some like it on the rocks (over ice), some like it on its own, I like it best mixed with Coca Cola. It is also used in many cocktails. I have tried it in a black russian which is amazing. On the odd occasion I like to have a 50ml serving in a glass of orange juice - this is called a Jaffa Cake and it tastes like nothing you've ever tasted before (except, maybe, erm, a Jaffa Cake).
The texture of the drink is quite a syrupy, dark liquid and it creates a sort of foam around the glass whilst you are drinking it. The taste. I must admit I am not much of a coffee fan but I adore the taste of Tia Maria. It tastes dark, rich, smooth and literally glides across your tastebuds- it is a liquid seduction!
The alcohol content, at 20%, is lower than it is on my usual drink of choice (vodka), so I drink Tia Maria to relax or to have with a meal rather than to get really drunk. In a way, Tia Maria is similar to Baileys in the type of drink it is and the occasions you would drink it. The price is average for a liqeur at around £20 a bottle. It comes in two sizes 70cl and 1 litre but as a liqeur rather than a spirit it lasts quite a while (or sometimes not, oops!). I usually wait for my nearest Asda or Tesco to have a bit of a sale, which they do quite often, and pick a bottle or two up then. On the occasions that I've ordered Tia Maria at a bar I've found it to be quite pricey (around £5) so I stick to my usual double vodka's for less than that and save the TM's for a time when I can sit down and devour the taste.
I understand that the taste might not suit everybody but to me it is simply irresistable, just perfection. Oh - you can add it to your coffee or hot chocolate too! Yummy!
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One of my favourite tipples is Tia Maria, and it has been for years - there's something about the dark richness of it which always leads me to drink far more than I should whenever I open a bottle; luckily for me it rarely leaves me with a bad head, or maybe it would be better if it did as I tend to drink far too much which is worse for my liver than my head!
Tia Maria is a rum based drink, originally made in Jamaica it's a 'dark liqueur' which has a strong coffee flavour and a sweet syrupy consistency. I've always adored the beautifully shaped bottle, it's classically styled with an attractive black, red and gold colour scheme - it looks fantastic in my drinks cabinet next to the less impressive spirits bottles, when stored near more modern drinks the sophistication of the Tia Maria design shines through.
Tia Maria is incredibly flavoursome, I don't think it particularly tastes of rum but it definitely has a good warming alcoholic kick which feels absolutely wonderful as I swallow. There's no harshness whatsoever in Tia Maria so drinking it neat (over ice, of course!) is not a problem, in fact that's my very favourite way to drink it! This allows the full flavour to come through, the sweet black coffee taste is completely unadulterated with the addition of lots of large ice cubes chilling the drink to perfection.
Obviously there is the option of using a mixer, or Tia Maria is a good ingredient for use in a variety of coffee inspired cocktails. I'm quite boring in that I only use Coke or Cherry Coke when I drink Tia Maria with a mixer, this is simply because I find this liqueur to be far too heavy to combine with a fruit based mixer although my sister swears by orange juice with her Tia Maria and a friend will only drink it mixed with Vanilla Coke (she lives in the States, where this variety is more readily available than in the UK). I think Coke is the perfect mixer to be honest as it enhances the coffee flavour but softens the overall taste of the drink to the point where you find yourself pouring larger and larger measures when it feels as though the alcoholic flavouring is being sapped out by the fizziness! Cherry Coke adds an extra layer of flavour and this really rings the changes, I feel that using the Cherry variety makes Tia Maria taste almost like a liqueur chocolate rather than a drink - absolutely delicious, but rather more sickly than when I just use plain Coke.
I love a nice healthy slug of Tia Maria in a cup of coffee, the key here is not to listen to the advice of anyone and prepare the drink to YOUR tastes. I remember speaking to a barista once who gave me lots of tips on adding alcohol to coffee, one thing he was adamant about was the fact that Tia Maria should only be added to the freshest filter coffee and you must not put milk or sugar in your hot drink. I stuck to this for a long time before realising that Mr Barista was not the one drinking it, and I actually prefer my Tia Maria in my usual Kenco with a spoon of sugar and a small dash of milk (never cream for me as it makes the liqueur taste 'funny'). It works equally well in hot chocolate, giving the drink a delicious mocha flavour which I simply cannot recreate using any other combination - in actual fact I'm drinking a Tia Maria spiked hot choc right now and can report that it's absolutely wonderful!
Tia Maria has an ABV of 20%, which is about average for this type of drink in my experience. It doesn't taste like an horrendously strong liqueur and to be fair it doesn't get me too drunk even if I get through a good portion of the bottle in one sitting (which happens pretty regularly when I have Tia Maria in the house!!!); I do find it quite sickly after a while however so if I'm not 100% in the mood for a drink, or more specifically a very sweet drink, then I tend to look for something else. Tia Maria currently costs around £13 for a standard size 70cl bottle, this represents excellent value for money in my opinion as it's such a high quality and very tasty drink - I'll continue to buy it for sure!
WHAT IS IT?
A coffee liqueur that can be drunk in lots of different ways.
Tia Maria has got a very luxury flavour and the texture is sticky so that it feels like a treat. The taste is very much like sweet coffee but it is like syrup as well, it is very sweet but I do not think it is sickly while I am drinking unless I mix it with something that is also very sweet.
WHAT DO YOU DRINK WITH IT?
I think Tia Maria and Coca Cola is the nicest way to drink it but I like other fizzy drinks as mixers also. Lemonade is very nice but I do not think that makes the Tia Maria taste so good. It is all about how you personally like to drink it and I think it has the sort of taste that you could try different things to mix with it and create your own special taste.
WHAT I THINK
Tia Maria is a very nice drink I think and it makes me feel very good when I have a glass of it. It is quite heavy to drink and gets sickly quick so I do not drink it very often. I like to have it with just ice because I think then you can taste the coffee flavour a lot stronger.
My mother drinks hers in hot chocolate and I have been doing the same recently because it makes me feel warmer even though the weather is very cold. I have put it into coffee as well and it makes it taste so nice that I could make myself into an alcoholic if I let myself add it to every cup.
There is 20% of alcohol in Tia Maria but it does not taste that strong because of the sweet flavour and because it is so smooth to drink. I have drunk too much of it before and it gives me a very bad head the next day and sometimes that lasts for the whole day, it is not very nice but sometimes I can not stop myself with this drink because it is so addictive to drink.
A 70 cl bottle of Tia Maria costs about £15 and I think it is worth that money because it is such a very nice drink and comes in a beautiful classic bottle.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I have never really been a really big drinker and I don't really like lager, beer or cider so my choice of drinks is either alcopops or straight onto the spirits, one of my very favourite drinks is Tia Maria. Tia Maria is widely available, you will find it in off licenses and all supermarkets and it comes in either a 70cl bottle or a litre bottle.
The price of Tia Maria is really on par with other liqueurs of it's kind and I tend to buy it when I see it on offer as a bottle does last me quite some time with me not drinking very often. Currently a 70cl bottle sells for
£15.50 and a 1 litre bottle currently sells for £20.30 but if you wait long enough Asda often have their 70cls for £11.
Tia Maris comes in a dark glass bottle and lucks really mysterious in my opinion, it is a funny shaped bottle being narrow at the base and widening up the bottle and then it has a neck about half the length of the bottle. The labels on the bottle are all in reds, dark oranges and golds which I think is a really attractive colour combination.
I like to drink Tia Maria a couple of different ways, I will have it with either pure orange juice which my Uncle introduced to me or Coke but it must be diet or sometimes I mix it with Vodka and Coke to make a Black Russian.
Tia Maria is apparently a mix of Coffee, Vanilla and Jamaican Rum, the drink is pretty thick being a liqueur and tastes lovely and sweet. I love the fact it doesn't have a strong alcohol taste however that doe mean that it can go down a little too easily so you need to watch your units! The liqueuer is 20% volume so it is a drink that you could have a couple of without worrying about driving the next day however mixed as a black russian I am a bit more wary and don't drink them if I need to drive in the morning.
I really love Tia Maria, I find it has a lovely warming feeling as you drink it and I find it isn't too heavy so I can drink it all night if we are having a night out and it doesn't make me feel heavy or bloated. I would recommend this drink but would say unless you are in a rush to buy a bottle then wait for an offer on it.
My daughter introduced me to Tia Maria a few years ago. I wasn't sure I would like it at first but it is now one of my favourite little tipples.
It is a coffee based liquor. You can buy it in 'cheaper' versions with other brands trying to copy it but I haven't found one which is as nice.
It comes in a bottle identical to the picture; it's very wide at the bottom and has a long top. It is red, gold and black which makes it look quite like a warming drink I think and it is very accurate as it is a warming kind of drink.
It is 20% so it is strong. I tend to just have one or two when I'm having a drink.
You can drink it on it's own or mixed with other items. If I drink it on it's own I tend to have it with a lot of ice which makes it really nice. It is a rich coffee flavour which warms your throat on the way down. It is very strong at first and does take a little bit of time to adjust to. If I drink it mixed I tend to have it with diet coke, if I have it with full sugar coke I find it's too sweet so diet is best. My daughter likes to drink it with orange juice but I found this was a very odd taste! Other variation you can have it with are creamy things as this is quite a rich drink so if you put it in a milk/cream-based cocktail it can be rather rich but is lovely. My daughter even drizzles a bit on icecream when we eat out!
I think if you like coffee you'll like this but even if you don't like coffee then give this a go as it may just surprise you.
How many of us have a bottle of Tia Maria at the back of a cupboard. I am currently having a good clean out so I have brought Auntie Mary, which is how it translates directly from the Spanish, out for a bit of an airing. My first memory of this sweet coffee liqueur is tasting it in a chocolate liqueur selection many years ago at Christmas time. I think that I was about 12 then and liked tooth achingly sweet things. I have drunk it a few times since then so when I found it I thought "Aha I like this!"
The bottle itself is quite elegant, made of dark brown glass and shaped with a long neck which then moulds into a wide waist standing on a slightly slimmer base. The predominate colours of the top and label are red, gold and brown, the name Tia Maria being written in gold. The overall effect is warm and mysterious and quite feminine, I don't think many men order a Tia Maria and ice!.
My bottle was bought in Spain, on the reverse it says in tiny, tiny writing, that it is made by Pernod Ricard of Argentina and contains besides alcohol, sugar, coffee, vanilla and caramel. It also tells us so store Auntie Mary in a cool dry place and surprisingly to drink it up 6 months after opening. I can hear lots of people going to the drinks cupboard now saying"Better finish this up!"
Unscrew the top and inhale the oh so sweet coffee, vanilla smell with the hint of Jamaican rum in the background., To me the smell is like the chocolate coffee cream in a box of chocolates.The syrupy liquid is a rich, golden brown in colour and looks lovely poured over ice cubes in a short glass. To me the taste is sweet coffee with a hint of warming run and as an after dinner drink I now find it too sweet but a shot added to hot strong unsugared coffee turns it from a pussy cat to a feisty different animal and even my roughty toughty sea faring husband will happily enjoy a Calypso coffee. It certainly warms you up right down to your toes and leaves you with a happy glow. Just right for cold chilly nights. A splash of Tia Maria will also lend some umph to any coffee or chocolate desserts or baking.
Calypso coffee: 1 measure Tia Maria, 5 measures hot black coffee, pour into a suitable glass with a handle or mug and then gently float some cream ( I pour it over the back of a spoon as the coffee is still swirling in the glass) Then sprinkle with a little grated dark chocolate, think of the Caribbean and enjoy!
Tia Maria is 26.5% vol and is readily available in supermarkets and off licences. A 70cl bottle costs around 9.50pounds or if you can get down to Gibraltar 7.99pounds in Morrisons.
4stars from me as it is so sweet but redeems itself in coffee.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash
Taken from The Tia Maria website.
The legend of TIA MARIA dates back to the mid-17th century, when a beautiful young Spanish aristocrat fled the turmoil colonial war brought to the island of Jamaica. Her maid saved one family treasure, a small jewelry box with black pearl earrings and an ancient manuscript with the recipe for a mysterious liqueur. The recipe was named after the courageous woman: TIA MARIA.
Tia Maria is one of those drinks that we always have in our drinks cabinet as it is fairly popular among members of my extended family and any guests to my house. I will occasionally enjoy a tipple, although it is not one of my favourite drinks - but it is something that I will partake of every now and again. The most recent bottle of Tia Maria I bought was from Tesco and it was reduced from £20.00 to £17.00 - which is an okay price as a one litre bottle lasts a while as it's only supposed to be drunk in small measures.
Tia Maria is a liqueur that is flavoured heavily with the flavour of coffee, much more so than any other coffee liqueur I have ever tried. It comes in a dark glass bottle with the distinct Tia Maria logo which has a screw top and it can should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place - and lasts for absolutely ages. The drink itself is a dark colour and looks a little lighter and redder than sherry and a little more syrupy in consistency.
It can be drunk by itself or with a mixer - and I have drunk it both ways. Drinking it without a mixer it tastes overwhelmingly of coffee, but it is also very sweet and quite heady. I do find there is a little bit of a bitter aftertaste to it, but bitter int he sense of what bitter orange might be, and so it's a very subtle bitterness and not unpleasant. It tastes quite like syrup - and I think for this reason I prefer to drink the Tia Maria with a mixer because this makes it more palatable to me.
The other way that I drink this is to mix the Tia Maria with Coca Cola - with about one part Tia Maria and 3 parts Coca Cola. While this makes it sweeter, it does take away the syrupyness of it and also makes the coffee taste a little less strong. This would be my preferred way of drinking it. I do feel like it needs a couple of ice cubes to be thrown in with it improves it.
Overall, i think this is a very distinctive liqueur that is not going to be to everyones cup of tea - but it is certainly popular among some.
Tia Maria is a rich liquer coffee spirit. If you don't like coffee or strong sweet flavoured drinks then you won't like this. I do like these flavours, so I love it!! I used to drink Baileys, but I wanted to find something I could drink more regularly and be able to mix with other flavours, plus Baileys is a little sickly after you've drank one or two.
Tia Maria, although very sweet, it is not sickly. It is also very adaptable, and tastes great when mixed with a variety of other flavours. I prefer my Tia Maria drink mixed with coke, but I also enjoy it with lemonade or cranberry juice. The flavour of the drink is quite rich, but not too overwhelming or as rich as other coffee liquer drinks. I must say I do not like this drink on it's own, I have to have it mixed with a soft drink or have it within a cocktail.
This drink is ideal as a dessert drink after a heavy meal or to just have as a relaxing tipple after a hard day. I don't see Tia Maria as a partying or clubbing drink, as it's not very light so maybe if your dancing around it may lie on your stomach if you're drinking alot.
The bottle is very stylish. I would describe the product as rich, seductive, and sweet.
Tia Maria is a dark rum, a jamaican recipe the main ingredients are coffee beans, cane spirit, vanilla, and sugar and has a alcoholic content of 20%
The drink was invented and produced byDr. Evans in Jamaica just after World War II.
Although the legend goes way back,the tia maria legend is that the drink was discovered in the 17th century, the owner of a Jamaican plantation, was forced to flee the county with her chambermaid. In the rush to leave,the chambermaid only had the time to take her mistress's most treasured possessions, which included some jewellery and the recipe for their familys liqueur, Therefore it was named after the chambermaid Tia Maria.
It has now been bought out my the huge pernod company.
I like to drink it with cola, although there are many cocktails in which it is used.
The black Russian is popular which is 2 shots of vodka and one shot of Tia Maria served in a small glass with ice, Or a Tall Black Russian which is the same just topped up with cola, Or a orange smartie when topped up with orange juice.
It is also used alot in puddings and coffee (in hot black coffee with cream on top) ,similar to Baileys yet it is not creamy like Baileys, tia maria cheesecake and tiramisu are two of the most popular desserts i know off.
The consistency is kind of syrupy, the sugar is quite apparent. The smell is sweet but not sickly.
The adverts state its 'uniquely dark and intriguing' i say its totally yummy!
It comes in a few different sizes
350ml 6-9 pounds
700ml 13-14 pounds
1 litre 17-19 pounds
(i checked the prices on a supermarket compare site)
Me and 2 of my mates decided to have a girly night in while I was babysitting my 2 little sisters and they both mentioned they were bringing munchies so I went to Tesco and treated us to a bottle of Tia Maria because that's always been our drink when we're together.
Tia Maria is a coffee liquer and is a smooth drink and not a creamy one like Baileys or Dooleys. It's very dark in colour and smells smooth and rich in the bottle. I can smell coffee in it and it's quite a strong coffee smell but isn't harsh and it very rich. You can try it mixed with anything because it adds a gorgeous fresh coffee flavour to other things but it's got a smooth kick to it as well that comes across good in cold drinks but is proper nice in coffee or hot chocolate as well.
I've had it neat before over ice but I do think it's nicer with a mixer because the flavour of it comes out loads better when it's diluted with something. I mostly have it with Coca Cola because it's so rich that it makes it taste like a cocktail and not just a spirit mixed with coke! The coffee flavour is smooth and even though the Tia Maria is a bit sweet it doesn't get overpowering because it's not sickly. It depends on what you mix it with because the other night me and my mates had it with Cherry Coke for a change and I will have it like that again because the cherry flavour in the coke and the coffee went good together and it gave it a bit of a fruity caky flavour.
I think the coffee flavour in this drink is brill and it doesn't taste as strong as it is. It's 20% vol but it's so smooth that it goes down too easy and the glasses start getting bigger and bigger! After 3 or 4 generous mesures me and my mates were having a right laugh and eating munchies like we were kids but as the night went on I started making cups of hot chocolate, only cheap instant stuff but the Tia Maria made it taste like the best Belgian hot chocolate in the world. Putting it in coffee gives it a mocha flavour but even though it makes a wicked drink I think it gives too much of a caffeine boost and gives me the jitters if I have too many cups. In hot chocolate is doesn't give me that rush and is a smoother drink.
My mate always mixes hers with lemonade and it's lovely and refreshing to drink with ice but I think it tastes like the pop has diluted the Tia Maria too much even if you use the same amount as if you was using Coke. At a clubnight last Xmas they were giving away glasses of Tia Maria in cold milk with spices mixed in and that was delish but nearly a fiver a glass and even though I've tried I just cannot make it myself at home.
It's quite pricy but worth it, the 1 litre bottle I got was £18.00 and even though we had a good drink the other night there's still a few hot chocolates in there yet, like I am drinking right this minute!
What is Tia Maria
Tia Maria is a liqueur spirit with the distinct taste of coffee. It is produced by Pernod Ricard and is made in Jamaica using Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee beans. The main ingredients are coffee beans, cane spirit, vanilla and sugar.
Pouring the drink.
I have my tumbler at the ready with a couple of ice cubes placed inside in order to chill my drink slightly as that how I generally like my spirits. When poured the liquid is dark brown in colour but not of a thick consistency or guppy but it does cling slightly to the sides of the glass, just enough so you can see a faint coating whilst looking at the glass.
Devine blend of alcohol and coffee with a lovely sweetness, move over Nescafe wish could have this in my coffee mug instead. Have swirled it around in my mouth to get the benefit of the full flavour and my taste buds have exploded with the flavour. Once swallowed there is no change to the flavour that lingers in my mouth nor is there a nasty aftertaste that you sometimes get with coffee flavoured drinks whether alcoholic or not.
What can we do with this other than drink it neat?
Well we have discovered that this can be drunk with ice, or without dependant on your personal choice but also this little number is a very versatile mixer so lets start with one of my favourites
The Black Russian
1 shot Tia Maria, 1 shot Vodka, mix with coke as desired.
Taste is spectacular and the combination of the Tia Maria and the Vodka make it a very feel very smooth in your mouth and completely complement each other. Don't drink too many though as they are lethal.
The After Eight - some skill required to get this one right.
You need a sherry glass for this one along with Tia Maria, Crème de Menthe and Baileys original.
What you have to do is layer the drink starting at the bottom with the Tia Maria, the add the Crème de Menthe, you want it to float on top of the Tia Maria and then top with the Baileys, almost looks to good to drink. Taste explosion in your mouth and far better than drinking Baileys with a hint of Choc and mint and much more lethal, just one a day for these I think. If you don't like Crème de Menthe then this can also be made without it in the same way by layering the drinks with the Tia Maria at the bottom.
Or you could always just add a shot to your coffee to perk it up a bit at the end of a day.
There are lots of other way to drink Tia Maria and I am sure that you have your own preferences but hope you like mine.
In my youth I was never what you might call a "binge drinker", more for the simple reason that although I could probably manage a few shorts or bottles of "pop", before falling over, I never really found anything I could drink for the enjoyment of, it was always going for the drink that got me drunk the quickest!
I was introduce to Tia Maria in my early twenties by my then best friend, if not for her dad owning a pub, I may never have heard of this drink, god bless her!!
The product description states that this liqueur is an "intriguing blend of smooth coffee and vanilla tones and with the secret Jamaican recipe, reveals a timeless allure".
I have to be truthful... yes I can taste the coffee and vanilla tones, but only because I was told that was what it tasted of , let me explain further.
Upon opening a bottle and taking the first sniff of this delicious concoction, all I can smell is an almost medicinal smell, pleasant and warming, yes, but coffee and vanilla no!
I have always drank this with coke, admittedly over the years the shots of liqueur have become increasingly larger than the shots of the mixer, but that's beside the point.
The only way I can describe the taste to you is , it's like drinking an intensely sweet and creamy glass of coke........mmmmmm.
The colour of the liqueur is a rich brown colour, the same colour as the bottle it comes in and it seems to coat the glass in a slick of alcoholic gorgeousness.
I have tried drinking this in many different cocktails over the years, some successfully (black Russian - Tia - Maria, vodka and coke), and some not so (Winky Woo - Tia - Maria, gin and babycham....... Absolutely bloody awful!)
I always come back to the original and best way of drinking it!
I do, however have one complaint.... The price!
For a medium sized bottle, (70cl), it will set you back £12.97, and it does every time I go shopping!
The larger bottle will set you back a staggering £16.97....ouch.
My nan made me laugh on my thirtieth birthday in February. Her knowing my love of this drink, decided to but me a bottle, she is however living on a smallish pension so after shopping around, found she could only afford to buy me the small bottle at the price of £8.00ish, she was so pleased with her purchase, I didn't have the heart to tell her it only held two drinks worth!
CONCLUSION - Worth the money, I was going to say no, but I still buy a bottle every other week, my need outweighs anything else!!
Thanks for reading x
The origins of this opinion date back to New years eve 2002. It was a night where I couldn't possibly lose! I was kitted out in my best clothes. I smelt great, I felt great and I looked great! I was going to club Hertforshire, UK. I was getting a lift with someone who didn't drink alcohol! Which meant a lift back as well! I knew this night was going to go well.
The first action of night was to enter the club and make a beeline to the bar! I ordered every single alcoholic drink I could possibly think of! By the time I was totally inebriated, I had run out of ideas. I couldn't think of anything to order (this could be due to the fact that I had the all the mental ability of a dead mongoose). Then I saw my salvation!
It was sitting pretty behind the bar. It was unopened. A virgin bottle of Tia Maria (TM)! The packaging was kind of distinctive. Red on brown sounded like a ghastly combo, but it worked! Eye catching. I had heard of this drink before but I never thought to try some. Now seemed like a good as any time! Trouble is, I didn't how to drink it. What mixers do you use? Using the wrong mixer can be disasterous; anyone who's mixed Baileys and Red bull will testify to that (and yes! It was horrible!).
This was where my friend elucidated me. He gave me the whole lowdown on this drink. Now, apparently, Tia Maria has a distinctly sweet, almost chocolately taste. It comes from the carribean and is very popular. It is quite difficult to pin-point the taste as it is very unique. It is quite sugary so alert you dentist before ingesting! I'm not willing to dispute as it probably does taste like that. But you have to understand, that I was drunk! It could have tasted like the inside of a wrestler's jockstrap for all I cared!
I tried TM with coke, lemonade, diet coke, more TM. Hell, I would have mixed it with tea if the barperson sold it behind the bar! Then, boredom set in. I'm just drinking a straight "spirit and mixer" drink! Is there anything more exciting? Then. barman, leaned over and started to tell us a few cocktails. Now due to my shocking state, I could only remember a few! Here are the cocktails:-
1 shot Vodka (preferably Smirnoff)
1 shot Tia Maria
2 dashes of coke
This is a simple concoction. Really it just tastes like a TM and coke, because the vodka is tastless and blend easily into the drink without you noticing. Almost like a spike in a drink.
1 shot vodka (preferably Smirnoff)
1 shot Tia Maria
Top up with milk.
A guaranteed ice-breaker! Every one is dancing with their cokes, lemonades and lagers and in you stroll with your milk! What will people say...? Tastes nice. The TM blends well with the milk and TM because TM has a slight chocolately taste it'll be like drinking chocolate milk!
Liquid Terry's chocolate orange:
2 shots of Tia Maria
1 Orange juice mixer
Devilishly simple to make and blindingly gorgeous in taste! The chocolately taste mixes with the OJ to form a chocolate orange taste. Also known as "smarties".
After a few of these, I lost track of the night. All I remember was sitting in my mates car, munching on a bag of chips while chatting to a pleasant american girl.
TM is quite anomalous in that for a drink with such a distinct flavour it can be mixed in quite a few cocktails. I thoroughly recommend TM if you're going on a night out. You can make many different cocktails out this one drink. the only drawback to TM is that drinking it neat, feels a bit odd. On its own, TM is lacking a certain flavour. Without a mixer it feels kind of naked. I don't think TM would break into the alcopops market and it would be too sickly and sweet. The overall taste, is quite smooth and refined. There's no alcoholic "kick back" which will have you sucking you teeth and possibly wincing a little (see "neat Whiskey"). You can feel the quality and be sure that this isn't a cheaper brand of drink. I find the cheaper the drink, the less refined it is and therefore the worse the hangover!
Price is very difficult to pigeon-hole. In the supermarkets, you'll probably be looking at about £10 for a 700ml bottle. In pubs, you be looking at a £2 for a 35ml shot, but JD wetherspoons sometimes do a double for £3 (regional variations apply) so look out for those deals! In club, you'll pay over £3 easily for a 35ml shot. Since TM is a big brand it will be unlikely that they will strike a deal with your local fleapit! Be prepared to be fobbed off with cheaper imitations. Overall, don't look to spend any more than the regular drinks for shot (vodka, Archers, Malibu, Bacardi, etc)
Overall, TM is good stuff, but if you like your drinks neat...best stick to brandy.
P.S This review has been cross posted in www.ciao.co.uk
Made to a secret Jamaican recipe and is a seductive taste to be enjoyed pure, or with other hot or cold drinks.