Country of origin: Italy Alcohol content: 30% Alcohol by Volume
A medium-bitter digestive obtained from the infusion of herbs such as condurango, cardamom, cinnamon, bitter orange peels, cinchona.
Luxardo is a family-owned company founded in Zara, a port city on the Dalmatian coast of what is now Croatia. Girolamo Luxardo, a Genovese businessman, and his wife, Maria Canevari, moved to Zara in 1817. It was Maria who began perfecting "rosolio maraschino," a liqueur produced in Dalmatian convents since medieval times from special maraschino cherries. Canevari's liqueur was of such high quality that it gained the attention of connoisseurs, and her husband founded the Luxardo Distillery in 1821 to produce her original Maraschino. Not long afterwards, the Emperor of Austria awarded the Luxardo liqueur the highest honor "Privilegiata Fabbrica Maraschino Excelsior." The distillery remained under the family's control and prospered by exporting the liqueur to aficionados around the world. The Maraschino liqueur became an essential cocktail ingredient internationally, and is found in classics such as the Last Word, Martinez and Hemingway cocktails of the late 19th and early 20th century. The distillery also expanded to create other fruit-based and herbal liqueurs such as Bitter, Limoncello and Amaro Abano.
Colour: opaque, jet brown/black colour.
Aroma: first impressions are laced with herbaceous-botanical scents of orange peel,cardamom and baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Later sniffs encounter more narrowly focused herbal-earthy traces, especially roots and tubers.
Taste: entry features the moderately bitter taste of orange peel and cardamom as they tango on one's tongue in a dance of seduction all the way through the midpalate and well into the aftertaste. While other notable amaros club you into strong bitterness Luxardo has selected the middle road path in terms of bitterness to win the appreciation of women and men alike.
You can have Amaro:
- On the rocks in the summer, or
- Hot during the winter