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Black Fire (33% ABV)
Star rating: 5/5
In a nutshell: Black Fire is unique in the coffee liqueur market in that it has conjured a delicate balance between the bold flavours of tequila, coffee and chilli.
Master of Malt (£20.95)
Black Fire is an enigmatic concoction. Fusing some of the world’s greatest natural highs, chilli and coffee, this complex and punchy pour is exhilarating and packed with all natural ingredients. It is also vegan-friendly.
Tequila is employed as the base spirit for this liqueur. Tequila, much like gin, isn’t meant to be necked as a shot to ease the awkwardness of an office party – it is meant to be savoured and appreciated.
To be considered a tequila, a spirit has to be made using 51% blue agave juice. Further to its contents, the drink has to be produced in Jalisco or one of the other municipalities stipulated by Mexican lawmakers.
One of the best ways to enjoy this earthy agave spirit is with tonic. Dilution helps open up the plethora of botanical flavours that are packed into this misunderstood delicacy.
Black Fire is made with a sugar content of just 120g a litre which is on average 60% less than their competitors. Cold maceration and all natural extracts are employed to give a clean overall character.
The nose of the bottle is bold with red chillies and lashing of espresso. Despite the bombastic flavours, agave and vanilla manage to keep this liqueur from being a novelty – instead, the spirit is well rounded and a welcome break from safer flavour profiles.
The perfect pour
A unique espresso martini. Pour 100ml of vanilla vodka, 50ml of Black Fire and 50ml of freshly brewed espresso into a cocktail shaker.
When thoroughly mixed, strain into a martini glass. The vanilla vodka acts as the ideal foil to the punchiness of the Black Fire, while the chillies in the liqueur make this unlike any other espresso martini you’ve tried.
Master of Malt (£20.95)
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