I took a pic of my current drink cart and growing amari collection. https://ibb.co/BCCjmZ1
― Yerac, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:46 (seven months ago) link
― Yerac, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:50 (seven months ago) link
i can see it if i open in a new tab but obv the embed isn't working
― call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:50 (seven months ago) link
I am really bad at the internet.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:51 (seven months ago) link
― 27 Discounts ILXors Get Only If They Know (WmC), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:03 (seven months ago) link
had montenegro after a good meal on saturday night. very nice digestif. wish there were more amari available in the liquor stores i frequent
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:07 (seven months ago) link
teeny tiny eno! (hearts emoticon)yeah, am in the same situation wrt nearby liquor stores so got a bottle of Amaro Dell'Etna delivered. it's. freaking. exquisite.
― The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:50 (seven months ago) link
That's a lot of Aperol. But you never know when the next Aperol Famine will hit, so you're set.
― 27 Discounts ILXors Get Only If They Know (WmC), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:52 (seven months ago) link
Thank you for reposting! One of the pics was showing up for me, who knows?
Not all of that are amari. Yeah we have a lot of aperol because it was on sale for like $10usd a bottle one month.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:03 (seven months ago) link
good reminder to taste montenegro which also happens to be sitting right on my counter. on the lighter-bodied end of things, this one is cool for having a unique and unmistakable floral note. i'd characterize it as dried rose petals. other than that, caramelly sweetness and mild bitterness. worth having, hard to substitute.
― call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 23:47 (seven months ago) link
my tasting notes from our trip to Europe (and back here in the US, I think I'm hooked on this stuff):
Holland (beginning of trip) - purchased in a German supermarket:Romanetti Alle Herbe amaro: day 1 tasting: orange, chocolate, more sweet than bitter. Day 2 tasting: "this reminds me of something... wait.... Coca-Cola!"
in Italy:San Simone: medicinal smell, mint orange chocolate notes, not as medicinal taste, more bitter, Fernet Branca vibes but lighter
Amaro Silvano: wtf is even going on here! Allspice comes first, then clove cinnamon and other dark spice vibes, sweet before bitter. Tiny hint of anise? Like a pfeffernusse cookie turned into an amaro. I think this was our overall favorite.
Vecchio Amaro Del Capo - ice cold, super complex. Anise, licorice, herbs, dark caramel. Another favorite.
Amaro Lucano - these are starting to blur together, but this is more medicinal, like Jaeger lite. Lotsa sweet finish notes
Amaro Jefferson: nutmeg nutmeg nutmeg, then some other spices, light color and flavor, yummm
Averna - another immediate "coca-cola" hit. Cloves? Some chocolate finish notes, heat from alcohol, spices
Amaro Montenegro - much more floral, cinnamon spice finish, lighter. Odd & very complex herbal/medicinal overtones. Served over ice, not sure if that's standard.
Holland (end of trip):Schierker Feuerstein krauter-halb-bitter - from Germany, duh. Medicinal Jaeger vibes again, quite bitter. Only 70 proof, it was a bit slushy right out of the freezer. How can this have more heat taste than the others?!?! It definitely does. Not as many spice/citrus/chocolate notes as the others.
Cocchi Amaro - served over ice with orange slice (not peel). Much lighter, almost sour, really this is a bitter red vermouth. None of the thicker, denser, almost syrupy aspects of the others. After eating orange slice: definitely a light red vermouth, but super fancy and refreshing. Hardly any sweet notes at all.
back in America, still tasting:Bruto Americano -the most bitter, but is this even an amaro? No thickness or sweet or syrupy aspects. Cherry, bark, medicine, light taste with dark color. It tastes like Laurie's digestive bitter tincture!!
Amaro Nonino - syrupy, cinnamon, kinda light color and flavor even with the heaviness, honey notes, also super bitter, very good.
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 13:51 (five months ago) link
Nice! I have tasted uh three of those.
I have a bottle of Bruto Americano but I've never worked out what to do with it.
― seandalai, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 20:57 (five months ago) link
Sounds like a great trip, sleeve.
I will be in New Orleans on 6/1, trip planned at the last minute, and I have some liquor searching planned. Keife & Co. are hoping to have Zucca back in stock by the time I get there, and I will look for Silvano and Jefferson.
― WmC, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:12 (five months ago) link
xp it was good just over ice, I could see an orange garnish as well but I think it works fine by itself
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:16 (five months ago) link
I still regret not picking up a bottle of Bitterol (same label design as Aperol, clearly made by same people) - anyone had that?
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:17 (five months ago) link
Ohhh, I am interested in that amaro jefferson, will be on the lookout. Looked like a great trip!
― Yerac, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:31 (five months ago) link
thanks, yeah we had a great time.
the Jefferson was a real standout, I want some! I need to check the local store that carries such things.
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:46 (five months ago) link
your notes on montenegro and lucano are very simpatico with mine. i’ve only been drinking beer and wine recently. need to sneak some amari back in there.
― call all destroyer, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:49 (five months ago) link
Ugh, I am not drinking the rest of the month. It sucks. I have to live vicariously.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 22:25 (five months ago) link
OK I found a bottle of Vecchio Amaro Del Capo at the local store, it was one of the coolest ones we tried and it's also from Calabria where we spent most of our time (my wife's family is from there). Into the freezer it goes for special occasions.
I also made an impulse buy of something I saw and liked the label of, but didn't get to try - Amaro Ciociaro:
poured a little into a shot glass to taste straight, uhhhh this is the most baffling yet. still some bitter notes but massive, upfront sugar/thick/syrup hits, like bubblegum/toasted coconut/burnt caramel/cotton candy kinda tastes. too sweet!
we diluted the rest of the shot glass with water and it improved a lot, you could start to taste the floral notes. I think their suggestion of "over ice with lemon peel" sounds good, something to balance out that (delicious, fancy) bubble gum madness. note sure how best to use this, time for research.
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:08 (five months ago) link
yeah, usually when I have been tasting these I do it straight first and then with a little bit of seltzer to kind of figure out how I prefer things. I don't like the overly sweet/luscious ones because I am not making cocktails and I don't tend to like sweet things.
― Yerac, Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:23 (five months ago) link
That 8 Amaro Sazerac in that link seems crazy. I want to try it.
― Yerac, Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:36 (five months ago) link
I would have to buy like five things!
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:38 (five months ago) link
If I can remember I am going to ask a bar to make it for me.
― Yerac, Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:40 (five months ago) link
I had that mini of Amaro di Toscana last night on a couple of ice cubes. It's pretty good! It's somewhere between the cola + spices profile of Averna with just the right amount of Fernet-Branca's mentholated bitterness.
― WmC, Monday, 13 May 2019 14:59 (five months ago) link
Hoodoo chicory liqueur, from Cathead Distillery in Jackson MS. Toffee, coffee, chocolate, hints of pie spices, bitterness obviously. After finishing it and the glass is drying it smells like cinnamon.
― I am curious (george) (slight return) (WmC), Thursday, 20 June 2019 23:57 (three months ago) link
That looks really good. If I had a sweet tooth I would make a syrupy reduction and use it to drizzle on pie or ice cream. Or make it into ice cream. Would that be too bitter to put into your coffee?
― Yerac, Friday, 21 June 2019 01:48 (three months ago) link
I think it would be perfect in coffee.
― I am curious (george) (slight return) (WmC), Friday, 21 June 2019 02:00 (three months ago) link
― Ambient Police (sleeve), Friday, 21 June 2019 02:20 (three months ago) link
I have not tried anything new but I re-tried this badass local calisaya, still delicious, golden spicy chinchona
― Ambient Police (sleeve), Friday, 21 June 2019 02:24 (three months ago) link