Lazzaroni is finest referred to as the creator of a powerful amaretto — the truth is, the inventor of amaretto — nevertheless it seems the Saronno-based operation additionally makes an incredible amaro, too, distinguished by its darkish, practically black bottle. There’s not lots of information about its components — comprised of a recipe that dates to the late 1800s — except for using “chosen herbs, roots, and berries grown in Valtellina, the Lazzaronis household hometown.” (Notice that the corporate additionally makes a Fernet, which is a unique product.)
Let’s give it a whirl.
That is instantly a traditional, bittersweet amaro with darkish chocolate and gentian dominating up entrance. Gently fruity however touched with notes of cloves and cinnamon, hints of licorice emerge and tantalize till the end arrives — which is knowledgeable by notes of contemporary peppermint and a prolonged reprise of chocolate. Deftly balanced, versatile by itself or in cocktails, and wonderful both means, it’s a stunning amaro that’s laborious to place down and a delight for any event.