As the holidays approach, cocktails will continue to get sweeter and sweeter, which means folks will be increasingly reaching for the Baileys, Kahlua, and chocolate-flavored liqueurs for their celebratory tipples.
We’ve covered a number of Austria-based Mozart‘s choco-centric liqueurs over the years, but not these two, a coffee-meets-chocolate expression and a daring white chocolate offering. Let’s dive in.
Mozart Chocolate Coffee Liqueur – Deep brown in color, moderately creamy on the tongue. The focus here is definitely on the chocolate side of the equation, with coffee a distant secondary note. A mid-level bittersweetness threads the needle between milk and dark chocolate, with a Hershey’s syrup quality emerging on the finish — alongside a slight but noticeable chemical note. Semi-sweet, with a light nuttiness and, maybe, just a hint of coffee. You might call it mocha if you’re feeling generous. Plenty enjoyable, as long as you’re not expecting a java bomb. 34 proof. A- [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE] [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]
Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur – Technically “Chocolate White” as the label reads, but nevertheless. White chocolate is a divisive product in solid form, so I’d expect this boozy version to suffer the same fate. The milky product pours a bit thin, but that’s soon forgotten once you dig into it. The nose is innocuous, evoking notes of condensed milk and hinting at the heavy amount of sugar underneath. Once you taste it, it wallops you in the face: While lightly fruity in the way that white chocolate candy bars tend to be, this is overwhelming in its sweetness, coating the mouth with a layer of fine sugar. The lower abv prevents any sensation of syrupiness, but the oh-so-sweet finish makes it tough to get through more than a few ounces of this when served on its own. I’m sure there are cocktailing uses for it that would make sense… right? 30 proof. C [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE] [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]
each $30 / mozartchocolateliqueur.com
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