GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 23

With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling

GSN Review: Galliano L’Aperitivo

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)
Visual: Ruby.
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

For more information go to: Galliano