Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina
Don Ciccio & Figli // Washington D.C., USA
Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina is the first American made Iron Amaro. "Ferro" is Italian for "iron". Ferro-China is an amaro created in the late 19th century and included cinchona bark roasted on iron plates. Don Ciccio macerates their proprietary botanical blend in terra cotta amphoras. Bitter lemon, china calisaya, gentian lutea and bitter lemon are highlighted in this amaro.
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%.
"Peeled lemons, cola syrup and gentian stand out aromatically, while on the palate, this amaro resembles a limoncello spiked with a basket of bitter herbs and roots. Deep, dark and with a bitterness that builds as it zips along the palate, it's pleasantly sweet but finishes with a spine-tingling bite at the last moment. "