The Product: Cointreau Noir
The Premise: A “society marriage:” Cointreau blended with Remy Martin cognac
The Tasters and their Qualifications: Erica, Debbie, Brent, Brian and Jan, the self-anointed “drinking lightweight who never gives up.” Total years of legal drinking experience: 101
The Packaging: A bright copper metallic bottle announces the product with stylish elegance.
Tasters rated the following on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “I wouldn’t take it if it was free” and 10 being “I’m heading to the liquor store right now to get my own!”
The Nose: 6.8, “smells like Cointreau”
The Taste: 8, “smooth and sweet”
The Recipe (wherein we mix up a drink from the company’s Web site, when relevant): N/A. The product’s mantra is “nothing to add” so we obeyed.
The Overall Verdict: 7.75 One taster called it” a nice after-dinner drink.” Another wrote “slightly too syrupy for my taste drinking it neat; might be best to dilute it with a touch of club soda.” Another said it was “delicious, would be very good with a hot cup of coffee”; another said it “tastes better than it smells but too sweet to drink alone all the time.”