Mr Black Roasters & Distillers have joined forces with Queensland’s iconic Bundaberg Rum, to launch a limited edition Mr Black Rum Barrel Aged Coffee Liqueur.
Following on from Mr Black’s sold-out, barrel-aged collaboration with Vermont’s Whistlepig, the team decided to keep their next limited edition homegrown, looking no further than a tie-up with Bundy Rum.
Celebrating rum and coffee’s long and epic history, this distinctly Australian collaboration blends rum barrel aged Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur with Bundaberg Master Distillers’ Blenders Edition Rum – winner of the World’s Best Rum in 2016*.
A feast for the senses, with tasting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, Christmas spices, brown sugar and raisins, this next chapter from Mr Black is unmistakably Australian and the perfect tipple for the upcoming festive season.
With coffee grown in many of the tropical places where sugarcane is found, naturally many coffee liqueurs use rum as a base. Now, this limited edition elevates this tradition to create an extraordinary blend of the world’s best rum and the world’s best coffee liqueur. With both distilleries renowned for their true artisanship, the one-of-a-kind spirit was rested for three months in European and American Oak casks that had previously contained Bundaberg Distilling Company’s flagship rums.
Mr Black founder, Tom Baker, says he thoroughly enjoyed the process, “Bundy Rum might be famous for their original blend, but their recent Master Distillers’ Collection has been stellar. Due to their size, they’ve got an enviable back catalogue of oak to choose from. We were like the proverbial kid in a candy store poring over the list of oak we could choose from/ bask in.”
It’s clear the admiration between these two icons is mutual. Bundaberg Rum Distillery Marketing & Experience Manager, Duncan Littler says, “We’ve long been fans of Mr Black – of both their liquid and what they’ve achieved. Not only has it been fantastic to collaborate and craft this exceptionally delicious new rum and coffee liqueur, we’ve also had a lot of fun doing so. The Australian spirits industry is thriving at the moment and we’ve been thrilled to work with the Mr Black team to push the boundaries of Australian distilling even further.”
Mr Black Rum Barrel Aged Coffee Liqueur is best enjoyed on the rocks. This limited edition is available from mrblack.co and bundabergrum.com.au for AUD $74.99 or can be purchased directly from the Bundaberg Distillery store in Bundaberg, Queensland.
Mr Black Global Coffee Ambassador Martin Hudak’s Signature Cocktails
Lost at Sea
40ml Mr Black Rum Barrel Coffee Liqueur
10ml Fresh lime juice
Method: Combine lime juice and ginger beer in a highball and float rum barrel coffee liqueur on top. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Coffee Mai Tai
40ml Dark rum
20ml Mr Black Rum Barrel Coffee Liqueur
30ml Fresh lime juice
15ml Orgeat syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Method: Combine ingredients, then shake and serve in a short tiki glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.