Spirit Review and Recipe: St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur
This is the time of year we really start to miss New Orleans. Chicory coffee and beignets are wonderful, but only in the Crescent City. It is also the time of year we start to look at boozy boosters to coffee. Kahlua is the brand leader, but somewhat simple. Well worth the extra price is St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur.
In the glass it looks just like coffee…and immediately fills the surrounding air with the smell of coffee. We say that like it is something to note instead of self-evident, but there are plenty of spirits that don't meet that standard. A closer nose shows a tremendous amount of nutty aromas, almond, walnut, hazelnut, along with jasmine, cocoa and raspberry. The taste has a robust nuttiness but is also incredibly smooth. Lots of fruit, some sweetness to counteract the bitterness, an incredible amount of dark chocolate, vanilla, raisin, hazelnut, bramble fruit, and the chicory just bursts through to round out the taste. We were amazed at how many layers this spirit has. A long pleasant finish that reminds you of the best cups of coffee on a cold winter morning. The best choice for a White Russian, Irish Coffee, or just on the rocks.
Spirit: NOLA Coffee Liqueur
From: St. George Spirits
Rating: 95 pts
Recipe: White Russian
1 1/2 ounce Vodka
1 1/2 ounce St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur
1 1/2 ounce heavy cream or half and half
Pour vodka and coffee liqueur in a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with cream.