Amarula is a cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea), which is also locally called the Elephant tree or the Marriage Tree. The Marula tree is a native of South Africa plains, once the its fruit is perfectly sun-ripened, each is gently hand-picked. First, the fruit is de-stoned, its flesh crushed and the pulp fermented. After fermentation, the Marula ‘wine’ is distilled and aged in French oak barrels for at least three years, during which wood spice characters of vanilla and toast are naturally imparted. Therefore dairy cream is infused to give Amarula its rich, velvety texture. Only then it is bottled.
The palate of this liqueur is characterized by Chocolate, Cream, and Vanilla notes. Amarula is best served over ice and preferably, with a view. It has an alcohol content of 17% by volume，It has the taste of slightly fruity caramel.
It has had some success at international spirit ratings competitions, winning a gold medal at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.