Fernet Leopold Highland Amaro
Leopold Bros. // Colorado, USA
Introduced in 2012, Fernet Leopold Highland Amaro is made in Colorado with over 20 botanicals including three types of mint, rose petals, elderflower, chamomile, and honeysuckle. Other disclosed botanicals include gentian root, lavender, ginger, sarsaparilla, and cocoa nibs. It is aged in former Napa Valley chardonnay wine casks and bottled at 80 proof.
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 can be used. Can be aged. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies, but tends to be 20-40%.
Cask Typeex-Napa Valley chardonnay wine casks
"On first nosing, mint and floral notes are first to the party with star anise and cinnamon showing up in subsequent visits. In fact, each trip to the glass brings something new. Elderflower. Cherry fruit. Ginger. The fernet has a medium plus viscosity and is sweet on the tongue providing just enough sweet to balance the bitter. Although mint is the star here, it isn't a diva and allows other supporting botanical castmates to shine at different moments. A thoughtful expression to the category. "