We often come across bottles we’ve never seen before, new gins or brandies or liqueurs. But it’s very rare that we come across an entirely new kind of liquor.
Solbeso, the first of its kind, is a spirit made from the fruit of the cacao plant—not chocolate itself, but the fruit that actually surrounds cacao beans. Turns out that the flesh of this fruit, once it’s picked, begins to ferment almost immediately. In fact, it ferments so fast that Solbeso’s creators weren’t able to move the fruit offsite — they had to distill right there, before the fermentation got out of control.
At 80 proof, it’s as strong a spirit as rum, and shares some of rum’s sweetness and body. But it also has a floral, fruity element that’s all its own, with chocolaty undertones that are more subtle than you might expect.