Country of origin: Italy Alcohol content: 32% Alcohol by Volume
NOTE: NOT FOR SALE TO US/CANADA CUSTOMERS
The Luxardo Maraschino follows the original recipe from 1821, and requires four years to produce. Cherries are harvested from Luxardo's own trees and the solid components are then infused in larchwood vats for three years. The product is distilled in small copper pot stills and aged in Finnish ash wood for the remaining year. Finally, a combination of sugar and water is added before bottling.
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.
One may think this is going to taste like cherries, but that is not the case. The nose smells of pine, tree bark and lemon. The taste is sophisticated, but not unapproachable. It may be bit of an acquired taste, but definitely one worth putting the time into. The up front flavor is very floral with a handful of pine and tree bark. The mild nutty mid palette comes from the cherry pits and is very subtle. Luxardo finishes out with a peppermint candy freshness that cleanses the palette nicely. The texture is dense and syrupy, coating the mouth.
Even though it is matured for years in wood vats, you’ll notice it has a clear color. Luxardo Maraschino has a rounded taste and a surprisingly persistent aroma. If you’re planning on starting up a serious collection this is a great place to start. You cannot make the classic Aviation without a bottle of Luxardo on hand. If you do plan to make Aviations at home please garnish your cocktails with a true Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (also sold here). Those little neon red cherries you see so often just don’t cut it. It is amazing how one little piece of fruit can take your cocktail creation to the next level. It only makes sense to pair the two.
Hint: For dessert try pouring a little Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur over your ice cream. And of course top it with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry.
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