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Monte Stambecco is an Italian Alpine distillery named for the Italian phrase for the ibex goat which roams the mountain terrain close by. The ibex seems on the label, the place he’s absolutely on the prowl for the one product made right here, a bittersweet amaro distilled in copper pot stills and infused with Marasca cherries, candy and bitter citrus peel, and over 30 native Italian mountain herbs and botanicals, together with coriander seeds, marjoram, oregano, artemisia, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
The pale orange liqueur options an uncommon bottle and an much more uncommon taste that’s distinctive amongst amari I’ve tried lately. Let’s dive in.
For me, the nostril is extra almond than cherry (although each are evident), reminding me extra of amaretto than maraschino, That makes some sense, as amaretto is basically made not from almonds however apricot pits, a cousin to the cherry pits which absolutely make their method into this spirit. Bitter root notes are well-integrated into the amaro, together with a moderated and fairly candy cocktail cherry aroma — suppose jarred grocery store cherries — that lingers within the glass.
The palate is barely sweeter than anticipated, once more evoking almond and cherry in roughly equal proportions. Right here a extra bitter cherry factor emerges, together with evolving notes of licorice, clove, and a reprise of bitter almond on the again finish. The general expertise is a bit scattered, nevertheless it drinks a lot better ice chilly than at room temperature, which helps to mood a number of the extra overt expressions of sweetness.