Italian distillery Antica Erboristeria Cappelletti is finest identified for its eponymous aperitivo — however it makes quite a lot of bitter liqueurs, together with this one. Amaro Alta Verde is a very uncommon amaro, pale inexperienced in colour and flavored primarily with Assenzio, quite a lot of wormwood. “A complementary mix of alpine herbs, citrus and spice body and lighten the basic bitter profile,” per importer Haus Alpenz.
Let’s give it a whirl.
The nostril of the amaro is fairly, virtually stunning, closely floral and perfumed with notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, grapefruit peel, and pine needles. The palate, nonetheless, shifts into one other gear, providing an amazing bitterness — past that of a fernet — that’s pungent with a hoppy, evergreen, gentian character. The physique delves deeper from there, with notes of blood orange, grapefruit peel, mint, and darkish chocolate all rising because the end builds. However it’s the unbelievable, bracing, natural/earthy bitterness that lingers nicely into the end and which sticks with you for the lengthy haul. It’s received an influence that’s tough to underestimate, akin to consuming Angostura straight from the bottle. Many will discover this completely overwhelming. For my cash, and after a giant meal, I feel it actually hits the spot completely.
A- / $24 / alpenz.com