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Sierra Milenario café tequila (35% ABV)
Star rating: 5/5
In a nutshell: At 35% ABV, this liqueur certainly packs a punch, but it is decadently moreish, drawing on notes of chocolate orange and warming vanilla.
Master of Malt (£32.45)
Sierra Milenario is one of the first tequila manufacturers to stop using artificial fertiliser on its fields, and its jimadores (agave farmers) harvest only the highest quality plants to use in its tequila.
The agave then undergoes a painstaking process on the way to becoming the final product – the plants are axed, cooked, extracted, fermented, distilled and matured.
Sierra Milenario is best known for its tequila blanco, which is blended with coffee beans from Chiapas and vanilla from Veracruz to make the café expression. Chiapas is Mexico’s most adored coffee region – its beans are known for their rich, delicate flavour – while Veracruz is the country’s primary vanilla-growing region. The quality of the produce shines through in the liqueur.
The nose of the spirit is a complex bouquet of citrus fruit, vanilla and espresso. The palate is true to the initial impressions – coffee takes centre stage but is kept in line by a milky chocolate note, with a suggestion of lemon also popping up. Coffee and dark chocolate finish off the drink.
The perfect pour
We like the Mexican rabbit, a concoction suggested by Sierra Milenario. Add two scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt, then pour over lashings of the coffee-flavoured spirit. It’s a boozy cousin to the Italian affogato – the sweet vanilla treat at the heart of the cocktail keeps the drink chilled while enhancing the botanical and fruity notes of the liqueur. The two ingredients combine for a digestif/dessert that is simple yet unique. It’s one to serve at dinner parties if you’re looking to impress guests.
Master of Malt (£32.45)
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