Meletti // Le Marche, Italy
Meletti Amaro is produced by a family-owned and operated company located in Le Marche. Most of the ingredients used are sourced from the region from growers who work exclusively with the brand. Known botanicals include anise, clove, gentian, orange peel, saffron, and violet flower. The method of cold-extraction known as percolation is the method for obtaining flavors and the neutral spirit base is a blend of molasses and beetroot. Water and sugar are added as well.
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%.
"Commenting on the color, Meletti Amaro is more of a medium amber/caramel color rather than an opaque dark brown as if often the case in this class of spirits. The gentian and floral notes dominate the nose with a medium full body on the palate. Cinnamon, cloves, anise, and floral notes (the strongest component) come through with the overall flavor profile of a sextet rather than a full on orchestra of botanicals. Slight roast notes are found as well. Only moderately bitter, the sweetness of the amaro stays with you through the finish, almost cloyingly so."