When Bottle Green got in touch and asked if I wanted to try their new autumn cordial, I have to admit to expecting a fruity affair, so I found this just a little bit different. Yes it contains blackcurrants but paired with coffee? I’ve never seen anything like that before and I just couldn't wait to try it.
As the nights are drawing in and there is a distinct chill in the air I thought I’d try making it with hot water to warm us up after a long Monday at work. When the water hit the cordial the aroma was distinctively that of blackcurrants, and it did smell fruity and pleasant. The drink looked quite dark, even with a healthy amount of water added, I guess its coloured with dark fruit and dark coffee, but it made it difficult to approximate how much liquid to add, so I just filled the mug.
I took my first sip and let the flavours develop. Initially there is a strong sweet but sharp blackcurrant flavour which flowed onto the taste of bitter coffee. The very first so tasted like blackcurrant cordial, but afterwards I was left with the flavour in my mouth like I'd just had an espresso. It's a strange combination, but the flavours complement each other rather well. I admit the first couple of sips took a bit of adjusting to, but after that I was totally convinced. I loved the complex fruity taste and how the coffee flavour, which was dark and strong like an Americano filled the senses. The drink feels perfect for the colder evenings, a proper winter warmer.
It’s lovely to try a new flavour combination that works so well. I certainly recommend it if you are after something a bit different to an afternoon tea or coffee, and it is one I'll be stocking up on as the autumnal weather kicks in.