Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Molinari Caffè Liqueur
The Molinari Caffè is a reformulation of their Sambuca Caffè that was as much anise as it was coffee. This new version features the coffee deftly blending Arabica beans from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic with Robusta beans from Java, Togo, and Congo. The complex coffee formula is supported by a secret mix of herbs and spices. As you would expect from Molinari it is 100% natural with even the rich color being natural.
Angelo Molinari was a spirits merchant Civitavecchia (a seaport town about 80 km west-north-west of Rome), Italy when he created the now famous Molinari Sambuca in 1945. In the 1950s and 60s Molinari's Sambuca was the preferred after dinner drink of the rich and famous including Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra. In 1970 Molinari Sambuca was declared "Extra" denoted its superior quality by Italian Judge Peruzzini. Other brands have since adopted the moniker "extra" but only Molinari has the official Judgment. Angelo passed away in 1975 leaving the company and the legacy to his family. Today Angelo's children and grandchildren carefully guard the secret recipe and produce their liqueurs with the same standards set in 1945.
Beautiful burnt umber that shows perfect clarity when held to the light.
The nose offers the aromas of freshly roasted beans rather than brewed coffee with accents of cocoa bean, anise, nutmeg, and a hint of vanilla.
The palate is reflective of the nose delivering a complex mélange of coffee bean notes that opens sweet and becomes increasingly dry offering crushed bean notes on the finish.
This coffee based liqueur is bold and assertive but it's also quite vibrant and fresh inviting sip after sip.
How to Serve
Serve this great liqueur straight, on the rocks, in coffee, or it offers an endless list of cocktail possibilities. I like it best in my caffé after dinner as it adds another layer of coffee flavors with a touch of sweetness.
Price: $ 25.99