Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro
Cappelletti // Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
The main ingredient used for this amari is the root of Chinese rabarbaro (rhubarb) which is grown in Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. "Sfumato" is Italian for "smoke" which is fitting as Chinese rabarbaro gives off a smoky quality. All production of this amaro is made in house by Luigi & Maddalena Cappelletti, the fourth generation of this distilling family which makes other amari and aromatized wines.
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%.
"Loads of rhubarb upfront. Sweet on the tongue, the moderate smoke and bitter factor comes through as you finish the taste. Slightly oily, the fruit smoke flavor is a lovely quality overall. Though not overly spicy, there are herbs and roots present that give the amaro depth. More sweet than bitter, this is an enjoyable drink. "