Amaro Montenegro

Amaro

Montenegro // Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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  1. Python574

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Very nice flavor!
  2. cascode

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: Transparent deep amber like well-brewed black tea. Aroma: Orange peel, mandarin peel, sherbet lemon, triple sec, cardamom, cumin, licorice, allspice and a micro-hint of anise. The nose is a precise balancing act between citrus (mainly warm orange) on the one hand and a potpourri of herbs and spices on the other. Flavour & Texture: Initially sweet with an entry-note of orange liqueur, Earl Grey tea and rosewater. Herbal notes become apparent after a moment and the sweetness subsides just a little as it moves to the back of the palate, with soothing root and bark extracts (licorice, cassia, sweet cinnamon) gaining prominence. As you swallow, and on the late palate and aftertaste, a pleasantly soft bitterness develops with distinct wormwood and gentian. The texture is rich, but also curiously blithe and effortless. For my 700th review I thought I’d step outside my normal comfort zone of single malts and review a classic amaro that is far less well-known than it deserves, and which occupies a special place in my heart. I was introduced to this by a girlfriend in Italy many, many years ago and it always reminds me, most fondly, of her. Wonderfully poised and complex, a sweet nature that is never cloying, a warm spicy personality that never drifts into harshness. Sophisticated and a good mixer, fun but never gauche, unaffected but not naïve, and quite irresistible. Yes, just like her. There is a fascinating sense of “completeness” about Montenegro. Like all the great amari it is a well-structured cocktail all by itself with some aspects that are liqueur-like and others that are more akin to aromatic bitters. This makes it well suited for neat drinking and it works admirably as either an aperitif or a digestif. It is also delightful as a cooler on a hot day. Try Montenegro neat over lots of crushed ice or to make a long drink just add soda water … or tonic … or dry ginger ale … or … anything, really. That’s one of the most fascinating things about this drink, it is so highly adaptable and complimentary that it will work as an extra seasoning or secret ingredient in almost any cocktail. Try substituting it, wholly or in part, for vermouth in your next Manhattan, negroni or Americano. It may well become part of your standard recipe (I've even added it to a brandy Alexander and it was lovely). And with that introduction, for your delectation, I present a cocktail that two friends and I came up with just last week that uses Montenegro to good effect. It was inspired by the boulevardier (a close cousin of the negroni) which was invented by Erskine Gwynne in the 1920s. Mrs Cascode compared it to a steam locomotive - smoky, powerful, sexy and polished. So to keep the Parisian theme we named it: The Gare du Nord 45 ml mild smoky whisky (we used Rock Oyster, but any smoky blend would do) 30 ml Campari 30 ml Dolin rouge 5-10 ml Amaro Montenegro (to taste) Stir with ice in a mixing glass until chilled, then strain into a glass over fresh ice. Flame orange peel over it and wipe the twist around the rim before dropping it into the glass. voilà. If you are not already familiar with Montenegro you should obtain a bottle as soon as possible. In the official notes for this listing @Stephanie_Moreno said “Every home bar should have a bottle of Monte”. I couldn’t agree more. Monte is the Queen of Amari. “Outstanding” : 5 stars
    50.0 AUD per Bottle
  3. tank473

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    34.0 USD per Bottle
    Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits
  4. oedelpino

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  5. jules0822

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    on the rocks, flavors mesh well together
  6. oedelpino

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Floral, strong citrus on the nose. Sweet but not cloying, orange soda, mild bitterness and herbal notes on the palate.
  7. EmptyJ

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    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  8. tjungster

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    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Herbal, rich, spicy, bitter, orange, sweet
  9. baffo25

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    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  10. boozytravelers

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    0.25
    0.25 out of 5 stars
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