Campari Cask Tales
Campari // Lombardia, Italy
Created by Campari Group’s herbalist and master blender Bruno Malavasi, Campari Cask Tales was first released in Europe in 2018 and made its debut Stateside the following year. The brand’s famed ruby-hued amaro is finished in used bourbon barrels before being bottled at 25% ABV. The spirit was created with guidance from top US-based bartenders, including Leo Robitschek, gaz regan and Jeffrey Morgenthaler.
Bitter LiqueursMuch like amaro, bitter liqueurs are made from the maceration or distillation (or combination) of herbs, spices, roots, flowers, or other botanicals. Bitter liqueurs are often red or orange in color, although they needn’t be. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies widely.
"With the same orange-red garnet hue of the original Campari, Cask Tales has a pleasant, but somewhat subdued aroma of bitter orange peel. On the palate, its texture is silky and the liqueur's flavor is full and rich. Most prominent are notes of bitter herbs and grapefruit rind and bright fruit. However, it's noticeably less bracing than it counterpart, with a touch of oak to smooth it out. While this would be a great addition to any cocktail calling for the original Campari, it's also very easy to sip on its own."