The legend of Tia Maria dates back to the mid-17th century when a beautiful young Spanish aristocrat fled the turmoil colonial war brought to the island of Jamaica. Her maid saved one family treasure a small jewelry box with black pearl earrings and an ancient manuscript with the recipe for a mysterious liqueur. The recipe was named after the courageous woman: Tia Maria. It was then rediscovered in the 1950s by Dr. Kenneth Leigh Evans who began to produce and market it. Still made to the original Caribbean recipe by Illva Saronno and distributed in over 60 countries Tia Maria is an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the finest fresh coffee roasted to perfection complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. Rich copper and golden amber tones blend with an enticing caramel nose to make Tia Maria an ideal mixer in exotic cocktails.