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Product of: Italy
The original Illy Espresso liqueur was based on the Illy coffee 100% Arabica blend with each bottle made using 129 grams of coffee beans extracted by a warm water infusion process developed in collaboration with Illycaffè SpA. This process mimicked the brewing of espresso coffee to best extract the flavours. Knowing the perfectionists at Illy, I doubt this has changed. This production process is unusual for the production of a coffee liqueur as alcohol is added later instead of being used to extract the coffee’s flavour through maceration or distillation.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 03/01/2011
Dark roasted coffee, oily treacle nose.
Hints of dark chocolate leads to a medium dry balanced palate with oily mouth feel and rich dark coffee with a hint of dark bitter chocolate and vanilla.