Rieger's Caffe Amaro
J. Rieger & Co. // Missouri, USA
A collaboration with Kansas City's J. Rieger & Co. and Thou Mayest Coffee Roaster, this coffee-flavored, Italian-style amaro blends flavors from a Sumatran single origin coffee beans with botanicals and herbs like juniper berries, anise, cardamom, orange peel, spearmint, and vanilla. It then spends a short time in a whiskey barrel to develop its unique flavor before being sweetened with cane syrup. While a dram of this is not akin to sipping a cup of your morning joe, this amaro does contain about 467mg of caffeine per bottle.
AmaroAmaro means “bitter” in Italian. No legal definition exists, and though it originated in Italy, amaro (plural: amari) can be made anywhere. Originally created to aid in digestion, it is a bittersweet liqueur made from the maceration or distillation (or combination) of herbs, spices, roots, flowers, or other botanicals. Often uses neutral spirit as the base, but other liquor or wine made be used. Can be aged. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies, but tends to be 20-40%.
"Though it looks like a cup of joe in the glass, coffee aromas take a backseat to black licorice and cardamom on the nose. It's creamy on the palate, and bitter notes of extracted coffee, orange oil and tannins are prominent. There is a lightness to the otherwise rich amaro, however, thanks to hints of menthol throughout. This would do well poured over ice, but is likely to shine in cocktails that complement its many flavor notes."