Coffee Heering on

Tony Sachs: Ten For ’10: My Favorite New Spirits Of The Year
8. HEERING COFFEE LIQUEUR. I haven’t seen much written about this new product from the folks who brought us the venerable Cherry Heering (an essential ingredient in the Singapore Sling), and the reviews I have seen are generally lukewarm. It doesn’t taste much like coffee — my wife had no idea it even contained coffee when she tasted it blind. But boy oh boy, is it delicious. An alchemy of dark Caribbean rums, cacao and coffee beans, it’s velvety smooth, rich, and sweet with a bitter edge. It’s great on its own as an after-dinner drink and makes a mean alcoholic milkshake, too. And it’s miles ahead of Kahlua (the only coffee liqueur most people have tried), which tastes syrupy and one-dimensional by comparison. (If you’re looking for a more intense coffee experience, try Galliano Ristretto, an espresso-based liqueur.)

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