Galliano, the heritage Italian liqueur brand best known for Galliano L’Autentico, the herbal golden liqueur in its tall, slender bottle, recently announced the brand’s L’Aperitivo expression. The Italian bitter or “amaro” is the latest addition to Galliano’s portfolio which also includes Galliano Ristretto. Maraschi e Quirici distillers produce the liqueur near Turin, the recognized birthplace of aperitivo hour, and where Galliano products have been made since 1896.
The word “aperitivo” has its origins in the Latin “apenre”, which means to open. Aperitivo hour is the simple, elegant Italian ritual of meeting up with friends for afternoon socializing over small bites and drinks after work and before dinner. The host or hostess pours light (low alcohol) drinks and serves small appetizers in order to get the conversation going and wake up the taste buds. Bittersweet Italian liqueurs are an essential part of aperitivo and make perfect thirst quenchers and appetite stimulants.
Galliano L’Aperitivo is a unique blend of 50 ingredients including herbs and Mediterranean citrus such as orange, bergamot, bitter orange, chinotto, tangerine and grapefruit. 80 percent of the ingredients are sourced from the Alpine region of Northwest Italy.
Galliano L’Aperitivo (24% abv)
Nose: Intensely herbal with a predominance of bergamot. More fruity than some similarly colored amaros (note: this product uses red food coloring). Spicy and engaging with a mouth-watering juiciness.
Taste: A good balance between citrus, sweetener and dry, medium bittering herbs. The flavor envelope opens up in gradual stages and ping-pongs between these three elements quite nicely. Very smooth and agreeable.
Finish: Fairly long with the bitter herbal notes lingering after the sweetness and citrus package has faded.
Overall: Really well done. This compares favorably with more venerable Italian amaros in this style and I can see where this will be quite useful in 21st century bespoke cocktails. CinCin!
GSN Rating: A
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