We’re approaching the era of peak coffee liqueur, as is evidenced by the release of Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur’s first Single Origin expression, a line which will focus on coffee grown in a specific region, “working with local farmers to ensure no two batches are the same.”
Up first is Mr Black Columbia, which uses coffee “grown in Finca Villa Betulia near Hulia, Colombia by Luis Aníbal Calderón and his family, who have over 60 years of experience growing coffee. For the past twelve years, the family has been specifically focusing on specialty coffee, making them the perfect partners to launch the first variation of Mr Black’s Single Origin expression.”
Let’s give it a try.
I don’t have any Mr Black original around for a side-by-side tasting, but judging from my tasting notes, I imagine drinkers will have a tough time telling a significant difference between the two.
It’s still an amazing liqueur, full of fresh, dark roast espresso notes, tinged just so on the nose with notes of fruity red berries. On the palate, bold espresso and light sweetness lead to a clear mint note (the major shift I noted vs. the original Mr Black), with notes of toasted coconut and more of that red fruit evident. The finish sees a gentle sweetness lingering over the coffee climax — though I will note that I got a saccharine aftertaste some 10 to 15 minutes after finishing the glass, which left me itching for a chaser.
50 proof. 6000 bottles produced.
A- / $50 / mrblack.co