St. George Bruto Americano

Bitter Liqueurs

St. George Spirits // California, USA

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    1. PBMichiganWolverine

      Tasted February 10, 2021
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Thanks to @cascode and @Richard-ModernDrinking , I’ve been getting deeper and deeper into this amaro rabbit role. Aside from that amazing Balcones stout finish whiskey I had last week, it’s been weeks since I’ve had any whiskey...been down this amaro highway full speed. So, this here is Bruto Americano, “ ugly American” in Italian. It’s made from several North American herbs and roots, and one very other interesting ingredient—-the cochineal bug. Yes, you read that right. The cochineal bug is what has traditionally been used to provide a reddish color. It thrives in the desert southwest on cactus plants, and is somewhat small and scaly in nature. And red. So, the beautiful red wine hue in this amaro is from naturally deriving from this insect. I’m honestly not grossed out by it...anyone that’s ever had coffee from grounds, or peanut butter, has a bit of FDA approved minimal crushed bugs in it anyway. So...having this neat is woody, herbal, bitter. Unlike the Italian amaro, where I simply added ice, this needs to be mixed with something else. Unless you like woody / herbal/ bitter, of course. I took a 1-to-1 combination of freshly squeezed orange juice, added this and topped it with ice. The sweetness is more now from the juice, but really well balanced with the woody bitter flavor. And the color—-wow—-red from the bugs mixed with orange...becomes almost like sunrise. At just about $25, Highly recommended—-especially if you experiment with some juices.
      25.0 USD per Bottle
    2. Thebennybenny

      Tasted February 7, 2021
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      a very smooth and not overpowering amaro. milder compared to a campari
    3. Mark-Leombruni

      Tasted October 7, 2020
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Perfect as a 1:1:1 with whiskey, vermouth and amaro
    4. cartman6300

      Tasted April 14, 2020
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
    5. Neptune277

      Tasted January 9, 2020
      4.25
      4.25 out of 5 stars
    6. endovenoso

      Tasted July 21, 2019
      4.25
      4.25 out of 5 stars
      A refined middle ground between the bitterness of Campari and the saccharine of Aperol.
    7. ajtangaz

      Tasted July 5, 2019
      4.25
      4.25 out of 5 stars
      Prefer to Campari. Beautiful color, richer (slightly sweeter) composition.
    8. sarahbeal

      Tasted June 27, 2019
      4.25
      4.25 out of 5 stars
      Dry, bitter, not too sweet or syrupy.
    9. Valfisher21

      Tasted June 24, 2019
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Five Points Bottle Shop
    10. geofftrojans

      Tasted May 18, 2019
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
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