Country of origin: Italy Alcohol content: 17% Alcohol by Volume
Sitting at an interesting intersection between vermouth and amaro, Cardamaro is a fortified wine infused with blessed thistle and cardoon—relatives of the artichoke—and other selected herbs such as calumba, juniper, Gentiana Lutea berries, cloves, liquorice root, cardamom, lemon peel and marjoram cultivated in Piedmont. This blend is then aged in oak.
Lovely spicy notes of Hunchback Cardoon, Gentiana, clary sage and liquorice are prominent; hints of Christmas fruit, prune, fig, grapes and ginger also emerge, alongside a delicate bitterness. The result is a richness and weight of a sweet vermouth, and only a gentle herbal bitterness.
Treat as a wine, or serve on ice. Can be enjoyed in a Tokyo Drift cocktail.
Rachele Torlasco Bosca, a distinguished member of the Bosca family, a scholar and connoisseur of the beneficial qualities of many wild plants, spent her life in the search of the perfect product based on herbs, which contained the quality to invigorate the body and spirit. It is said that in the 50’s, during a dinner, she was particularly impressed by the tales on the extraordinary benefits towards liver stimulation and digestion of Nizza Monferrato cardoon. The day after she began her studies to create a recipe based on this vegetable, with alcohol maceration together with some herbs.
Over the following years, Bosca’s herbalists have refined the recipe, integrating it with the constant addition of medicinal herbs and with the intent of finding the perfect recipe. The final formula was defined when it was discovered that the cardoon and 23 other herbs, expertly dosed through a secret recipe, when handled through a wine-based process would lead to the best compendium: this was the genesis Cardamaro, the Wine Bitter, the only bitter based on cardoon.
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