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Mr Black - Coffee Liqueur

The duo of Tom Baker and Phillip Moore have developed a bespoke method of distilling coffee at their Distillery Botanica, located at Erina, near Gosford in Sydney. Sourcing from Glee Coffee Roasters nearby the distillery has been key to the quality of the final product. ”Working with the local roaster we can talk to them about what's working, different flavour profiles, how dark we want the roast. So having a local supplier really helps,” says Baker, whose also the creator and distiller.

 The liqueur employs the cold drip method of brewing coffee. “We find it gives a richer and sweeter flavour and keeps its integrity,” explains Baker. "The control of oxygen (“the enemy of good coffee”) is fundamental to the process. From the day the coffee is roasted, it comes straight to the distillery. It’s then ground and goes straight into a water and alcohol bath that has all the oxygen removed using nitrogen,” says Baker. “It’s quite involved, but the result of getting all the oxygen out of it means you never get a stale coffee flavour.”

 Tasting note: [BATCH 005 tasted] Opaque deep burnt umber colour with sienna brown edges shows some viscosity. Top note is just-opened-coffee-bag-fresh over heavier aromas of cocoa and cafe creme. After several minutes in the glass the vibrancy drops a notch and the aroma shifts towards bitter dark chocolate. Creamy textured, light to medium bodied palate presents with rich mocha, vanilla and dark chocolate flavours rounded off by a very gently bitter finish to balance. Semi sweet coffee and caramel aftertaste. A judiciously poised and authentic addition to the genre.

700mL | Alc/Vol 25%

$59.99
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The coffee beans used are imported exclusively from Mexico and cold-brewed. It an intense coffee-hit with a vanilla, chocolate and citrus dominant characters - and a dense palate-weight that’ll stretch in your espresso martini.

 

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Using Kakadu Plum, Quandong, Wattle Seed, Lemon Myrtle and Wild Rosella these spices impart an Australian Bush tucker flair to the traditional Spiced recipe of old. The Spirit is distilled from a fermented ‘Wash’ of Dark Brown Sugarwhich is typically, much smoother than it’s molasses counterpart, then Mellowed with French oak for a minimum of 4 weeks then spiced. 

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Old chardonnay barrels don’t die but some go to heaven, maturing this elixir that blasts brandy off its doily and into the present millennium. Toasty oak unites single and double pot distillation characters of vanilla, honey and apricot. Mix with: irony.

METHOD

Two years in a mix of French and American oak barrels, mostly ex-chardonnay, impart seductively rich colour, smoothness and length to this new generation brandy. 23rd Street Distillery wanted to give you more, and herein lies the magic of blending. With the addition of single copper pot distilled portions they've added an unexpected lifted brightness.

TASTING NOTES

Fruity aromas evoke apricot and rounded spices, with the richness of oak tannins. Vanillin sweetness on the front palate gives way to vivacious honey and apricot, finishing with soft oak spiciness.

700mL | Alc/vol 40%

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