Caffo Vecchio Amaro del Capo 700ml
Country of origin: Italy Alcohol content: 35% Alcohol by Volume
A mix of twenty-nine herbs, flowers, fruits and roots all combined in a single, unique and secret recipe, each one of the ingredients used to produce Vecchio Amaro del Capo has a specific harvesting time. This is why they are harvested one by one during the course of the year. All of the macerations and infusions take place immediately at the time of harvesting, to capture the freshest aromas and keep intact the organoleptic properties of each ingredient.
This bittersweet blend features notes of orange, the delicacy of orange blossom and chamomile, liquorice, peppermint and aniseed.
The reccommended serve is as a chilled shot, but feel free to enjoy mixed with ginger beer or tonic; or as a Mediterranean substitute for Jagermeister in a Surfer on Acid.
The history of the Caffo family business dates back to the end of the nineteenth century, when Giuseppe Caffo, the Master Distiller, class of 1865, began distilling pomace on the side of volcanic Mount Etna. After years of experience trading and managing distilleries, his dream became reality when in 1915 he bought an old distillery in Santa Venerina, Sicily. He intended fully dedicating himself to his passion and passed the knowledge he required onto his children. Initially, production was based in particular on spirits, alcohol and derivatives from wine production, however the Caffo distillery gradually began producing and becoming renowned on the market for certain liqueurs obtained from ancient recipes, the result of patient and painstaking research and re-working.
These products, the fruit of wise dosing of aromatic and medicinal herbs, infused with top quality alcohol, immediately pleased drinks connoisseurs and the refined clientele of that age. The then youthful Sebastiano Caffo (1901) began to learn his father’s secrets of such an ancient and noble profession, soon becoming a "Master Distiller” himself. He demonstrated his ability to not only manage the family business, but also other distilleries which he took over, including the San Paolo Distillery in Noto and Castiglione Distillery in Sicily. In the meantime, the other “Caffo Brothers”, sons of the founder, gained experience in the sector, having returned after twenty years from Australia, with the intention of expanding the family business.
And so, the company “Fratelli Caffo-Distillerie of alcohol, brandy and tartaric products” came about, founded by Sebastiano, Santo and Giuseppe Caffo with the intention of expanding the family company by acquiring an existing plant in Calabria, in Limbadi, a district famous at the time for its excellent red wine production. The presence of the distillery in an area famed for its wine production enabled availability of large quantities of raw materials for local distilling, from fresh pomace to wines, with little competition compared to Sicily. While respecting the traditional craft techniques of the company, the Caffo brothers made some fundamental changes to the distillation equipment and liqueur processes to obtain an excellent result. In 1966 the company was entirely taken over by Sebastiano Caffo with his son Giuseppe Giovanni, who still remains Group director and continues the family tradition together with his son Sebastiano Giovanni, taking his grandfather’s place at a very young age. By blending experience and innovation, the distillery business has quickly grown in recent years and is now the fulcrum of a modern group with subsidiaries abroad. In particular, a new production plant was built beside the old distillery in Limbadi and in 2006 an existing distillery in the province of Udine (Friuli) was incorporated, specialising in high quality Grappa processes.