Montenegro // Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Amaro Montenegro is made with 40 botanicals using three processes: boiling, maceration, and distillation. Some of these botanicals include: sweet & bitter oranges, petite dried oranges, coriander seeds, marjoram, oregano, artemista blend, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. After this process, 12 mother extracts are crafted. From there, the 12 extracts are blended to form "six aromatic notes" which are blended with alcohol, sugar, and water. Lastly, a seventh ingredient called the "premio" or "prize" is crafted from 5 botanicals which are micro-distilled. One liter of "premio" is used per 15,000 bottles. Amaro Montenegro was created by Stanislao Cobianchi who had traveled the world rather than follow his family's desire for him to join the clergy. He founded his company in 1885 and named it after Princess Elena of Montenegro who went on to become Queen of Italy in 1900.
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 made be used. Can be aged. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies, but tends to be 20-40%.
"Deep amber color. The aroma has bright citrus notes with underlying spices of cinnamon and cardamom which is very inviting. The palate is medium rich and medium sweet. There's a slight floral backnote to the spirit. The bitter intensity is on the low side making this an exceedingly approachable amaro to start with. But there's a complexity to the spirit as well making it a dynamic modifier for cocktails as well. Every home bar should have a bottle of Monte."