Thatcher's Coffeehouse, Blood Orange & Yumberry Review
A couple weeks back, we took shipment of three Thatcher's Organic flavors - Coffee, blood orange, and yumberry to be exact. Now that we've fought our way through a cold the likes that God has never seen* we can actually smell and taste it, and give you our two cents on the proceedings. So...here we go!
Coffee is the flavor we're most familiar with among these three, considering the fact we suck down at least a cup of the stuff every day, and Thatcher's doesn't disappoint. It looks and smells exactly like a cup of real, honest to goodness coffee. When you hold it up to light it goes a bit amber, just like real coffee, and doesn't have the syrupy blackness we see in some coffee liqueurs. The smell is similarly on point - evoking a fresh-brewed cup of joe which smells even better because we know it has booze in it.
The mouth feel is light and not too syrupy, with a lingering coffee taste that's not too sweet and not too bitter. We can see ourselves mixing up a perfect Black Russian, or maybe even a White Russian, and saying to ourselves "You make a mean Caucasian, Jackie!"**
The blood orange is a striking fruit, the sanguine tint of its flesh making it live up to its name. Thatcher's Blood Orange does so as well, with a scarlet tint when you hold the bottle to the light. The nose is delicate, with a tinge of citrus and fruit hinting at its mysterious flavor.
Thatcher's Blood Orange has a solid orange taste without veering into Tang territory, and the finish is incredibly long, with complex citrusy notes that lasted a long while after we tasted it. This would be excellent in any citrusy cocktail, and the Thatcher's website suggests mixing it into a margarita. Don't mind if we do!
Yumberry was the liqueur we were most eager to try, mostly because we haven't had much exposure to yumberries. In fact, we're pretty sure we wouldn't be able to pick one out of a lineup. Thanks to good old Wikipedia, we know it's a fruit that grows predominantly in Asia, and that it has some purported medicinal values. The liqueur is bright, just this side of hot pink...definitely on the racy side.
The nose is all berries all the time - the closest we could approximate is a more complex strawberry. Sweet without being syrupy, it's delicate full of berry punch. Delicate but long-lasting, we can see this in a slew of berry-based cocktails, and we're thinking about putting it into a gin fizz to see how it holds up.
More info at Thatcher's Organic; get the full scoop on all eleven flavors. We are incredibly impressed with what we've tried so far, and highly recommend you pick up a bottle if you can.
* You are the Kiwsatz Haderach if you picked up that Dune reference.
** Big Lebowski reference...we're throwing rocks tonight!
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 5, 2010 9:39 PM