Of all of the manufacturers making a giant push into new markets, the final I might have considered was Tia Maria, a espresso liqueur developed in Jamaica within the Forties. The model was not too long ago bought to Saronno, and it’s at present made in Italy. Not too long ago the model added two new expressions, one constructed round matcha tea of all issues, and the opposite a ready-to-drink espresso concoction.
We not too long ago received your complete lineup of Tia Maria merchandise to style, which we’ll attend to presently.
Tia Maria Chilly Brew Espresso Liqueur – That is the usual Tia Maria bottling (as it’s branded in 2021), made with vanilla and 100% Arabica espresso, constructed atop a base of rum. The nostril is expressive with espresso — darkish roast with some darkish chocolate parts and a little bit of crimson fruit evident. The palate shifts gears rapidly, popping with intense, sugary sweetness, a lot of vanilla, and — in any case that — espresso. The sweetness on the end is overwhelming, capable of cling to the tongue for the higher a part of an hour for those who don’t have one thing to clean it down with. It’s even sweeter than Kahlua, regardless of the significantly larger abv. At this value, I’d attain for a extra elegant craft espresso liqueur as an alternative. 53 proof. B- / $28 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Tia Maria Matcha Cream Liqueur – The one inexperienced cream liqueur I’ve ever encountered, this has no connection to espresso by any means: It’s cream and matcha powder — “pure matcha extract” — about as removed from Tia Maria’s espresso expression as you may get. It’s additionally loads higher. The nostril is creamy and muted, however the palate is popping with racy matcha notes, providing a slight lemon-lime acidity that balances the wealthy cream character. The daring matcha notes on the core are arduous to mimic, the completed product providing a balanced mix of inexperienced tea, white chocolate, and a dusting of spice. Surprisingly effectively made. 34 proof. A- / $25
Tia Maria Chilly Brew Iced Espresso Frappe – What it says on the label is “Grain, cane, and molasses impartial spirits with pure flavors and caramel shade.” What it says within the advertising and marketing is “3 easy elements… 100% Arabica espresso, cream, and the candy style of Tia Maria.” I gained’t attempt to reconcile all of that, however this nitrogenated RTD providing definitely tastes like a Starbucks concoction, extremely creamy, well-sweetened (however not an excessive amount of), and extra chocolaty than coffee-like. I’d positively counsel sipping it after dinner quite than, as the corporate obliquely suggests, as a part of your breakfast. 4% abv. B+ / $2.30 per 200ml can [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]