As amari-style liqueurs go, Amerisse is wholly distinctive. This bitter aperitif begins off with a base of Merlet’s creme de cassis which is mixed with bittering parts together with gentian, angelica, sagebrush, and rhubarb — plus “different berries and citruses.” The result’s Amerisse “Liqueur Amere au Cassis,” a darkish purple liqueur that may have you ever guessing with every flip.
The nostril alone is confusion personified: Cassis is pungent, however so are bitter gentian notes, the mixture providing parts of chocolate-covered black cherries but in addition earthy root and tree bark notes — traditional amaro bitterness. The palate begins off candy — fruity, black berries — then slowly slides into bitterness because it embraces the darkish facet. Currants transfer to darkish chocolate, then licorice, then extra of that gentian character. The rhubarb ingredient is closely evident, providing a barely bitter notice that pairs in curious trend with the bittering notes — and never in a foul means.
Whereas many amari supply a mix of candy and bitter, right here we get a triumvirate of candy, bitter, and sourness, the expertise bouncing round and by no means fairly deciding the place to land. Whereas it’s enjoyable and wholly distinctive, it’s most likely not what anybody is anticipating when that tray of mints and “sweets from the kitchen” come round.
B / $30 / merlet.fr