Cardinal Spirits Nocino
Cardinal Spirits // Indiana, USA
Indiana's Cardinal Spirits makes its nocino along traditional lines, researching old Italian recipes and methodology. They harvest green walnuts in midsummer, and steep them in alcohol for several months, in this case using their own vodka made from grapes. Cinnamon and spices are added to the mixture as well, along with maple syrup from nearby Burton's Maplewood Farm.
Nut LiqueursNut liqueur examples include almond (amaretto), pistachio, peanuts, hazelnut (noisette), walnuts (nocino) and so on. Amaretto however is often made from apricot pits.
"Lift this nocino to your nose and you'll find cinnamon bark, vanilla extract, and touches of lemon citrus. The palate is all nutmeg and cloves, with light maple syrup, and an herbaceous green character. There's also spearmint and bits of black pepper. A short finish showcases more of the same with mulled wine, simple syrup, and altogether just a soft hit of bitter."