Sibilla // Marche, Italy
Amaro Sibilla is made by Distilleria Varnelli in Le Marche region of Italy. First created in 1868, it is made from a mix of herbs, roots, and barks "prepared over a wood fire." It is sweetened with honey then aged and decanted before bottling at 34% ABV.
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%.
"Raisins, cola, and rooty notes come through on the nose. The taste of honey greets on you the palate, but that quickly gets overthrown by bitter bark and dark spices. Repeated tastes brings honey back to the palate where the flavor haunts in the background. Dried fruits, dark spices, and bitter roots throughout. Definitely one for those looking for a bitter bite. "