Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 700ml
Country of origin: Italy Alcohol content: 32% Alcohol by Volume
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.
Clear in colour, Luxardo Maraschino has a rounded taste and a surprisingly persistent aroma. The aroma is typical of marasca cherry distillate with strong alcohol spirit and a roasted nuttiness, over more subtle notes of pine, spearmint, anise and fennel. The taste results smooth but sharp at the same time with a floral and pine start, a mild nutty mid palette (from cheery pits), with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, orange marmalade and sweet spice. Luxardo finishes out with a peppermint candy freshness that cleanses the palette nicely. The texture is dense and syrupy, coating the mouth.
Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur can be enjoyed in many classic cocktails or neat as an after dinner drink. It is an essential ingredient in the classic Aviation. It is also ideal over fruits such as strawberries, pineapples, oranges etc. or as a flavor in confectionary and ice creams.
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.
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