Vigo // USA
Vigo Amaro made its debut in 2019 from Philadelphia Distilling. Head distiller Aaron Selya has worked on its creation for four years, and was formulating his recipe even prior to his work with the distillery. The amaro is double macerated with a proprietary blend of botanicals designed to meld tradition with new world innovation. Vigo is named for Francis Vigo, an Italian financier who supported the colonial cause during the Revolutionary War.
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%.
"Immediately find a big dose of cloves right at the start of the nose, with a distinctive pumpkin pie note and cassia bark. Take a sip to find a viscous mouthfeel, with more baking spice-laden pumpkin, as well as orange peel, molasses, cinchona, and sarsaparilla. The bitter begins as more of a background player but builds as you continue sipping. The amaro ends with a moderate length spicy-bitter and citrus peel finish."