Don Ciccio & Figli C3 Carciofo
Don Ciccio & Figli // Washington D.C., USA
C3 Carciofo is a bitter artichoke liqueur based on a traditional Italian recipe dating to 1911. The core of the aperitivo, and its namesake, are the three types of California-grown artichokes used in production, along with cardoons, grapefruit, and 18 botanicals. C3 Carciofo is barrel aged for 12 months and then bottled at 23% ABV.
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.
"A bright nose showcases syrupy dates, grapefruit peel, sarsaparilla and cola, with an herbal bouquet of rosemary and thyme. The palate, at first bracingly bitter, quickly gives way to sweetness with raisins, blackberries, and a touch of vanilla. There's also earthy underpinnings with mushrooms, as well as spearmint, black licorice, and oak. The finish is short, clean, and bitter."