Illyquore di Caffe Tasting Notes


You’d expect Illy to be making coffee as one of the biggest coffee names around. But they’ve had something a little different out for the past few years in the name of Illyquore di Caffe. But what is it?

Illyquore di Caffe was previously named ‘Illy Espresso liqueur’ with it’s packaging designed by the famous Italian architect, Spiro Radomirovic and the liquid produced at the Bepi Tosolini distillery in Udine, Italy.  However, around 2008/09, the production moved to the same plant that produce Frangelico and Aperol, with their packaging now featuring a taller more rounded bottle compared to the original oval bottle.

The liquid itself is based on the Illy coffee 100% Arabica blend that comes with an alcoholic base. The coffee beans are extracted by a warm water infusion process. This process mimics the brewing of espresso coffee to best extract the flavours. This production process differs from the usual production of a coffee liqueur as alcohol is added later instead of being used to extract the coffee’s flavour through maceration or distillation.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Illyquore di Caffe – 28%

Soft nose of coffee beans, slightly roasted with hints of sweetness. Smooth on the palate with a thin texture of rich coffee and a slight kick of freshness near the end. Lingering.

A fantastic digestif whether served neat or over ice. Or maybe one of these –

Black Russian
Black Russian

Black Russian

Glass –

Old Fashioned

Ingredients –

50 ml Vodka
20 ml Illyquore di Caffe

Method – 

Pour the ingredients into the old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.

A cracking classic cocktail to go with a surprisingly great liqueur. Different than your usual coffee liqueurs, and a worthy addition to your drinks cabinet.

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