Luxardo Fernet Amaro
Luxardo // Veneto, Italy
Although best known for the brand's Maraschino Liqueur, Luxardo makes a host of liqueurs and bitters including this Fernet Amaro. It is made from a recipe which features 15 different herbs, spices and botanicals including cardamom, gentian, licorice, and saffron.
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%.
"Intense aroma of cloves, cinnamon and bark with some dark fruit as well. There's a woodsy quality to it all. The body of the fernet is average and in addition to the aroma notes of mint and licorice comes through as well. Sweetness is there, but quickly overwhelmed by the bracing bitter bite. Not one for beginners, but beloved by those looking for their bitter fix."