Lucano // Basilicata, Italy
Lucano Amaro is made in the town of Pisticci Scalo in Basilicata, Italy. It is made from more than 30 herbs and spices some of which are disclosed. They include: angelica root, bitter aloe, bitter orange, blessed thistle, clary sage, elderberry, gentian, musk yarrow, ruta, and woodworm. The company was founded in 1894 by Pasquale Vera and is now run by his grandson, his namesake, and his family.
AmaroAmaro means “bitter” in Italian. No legal definition exists, and though it originated in Italy, amaro (plural: amari) can be made anywhere. Originally created to aid in digestion, it is a bittersweet liqueur made from the maceration or distillation (or combination) of herbs, spices, roots, flowers, or other botanicals. Often uses neutral spirit as the base, but other liquor or wine can be used. Can be aged. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies, but tends to be 20-40%.
"The nose here is mostly that of a flat cola with some savory dried herbs. More sweet than bitter with gentian and woodworm in particular coming through. Chocolate notes on the finish. "