GSN Review: Luxardo Aperitivo

LUX_Aperitivo_300x520There is a rich tradition of aperitivos in Italy.  A meal always starts with a short beverage to open up the appetite and prepare the body for the food to come.  Anything from wine to champagne will work, but there is something special about the bitter family of libations which literally creates a flavor in your mouth that begs to be sated with an antipasto such as cured meats.

Luxardo, maker of the ubiquitous Maraschino liqueur have recently introduced their version of the bitter, low-proof amaro which fits nicely in between Campari and Aperol.

Luxardo Aperitivo (22 proof)
Visual: Bright candy apple red.
Nose: Immediate orange with a slighter backdrop of herbs.
Taste: Sweeter than I expected, with an almost hard candy-like flavor.  The bitterness is very much in the background preferring to play second fiddle to sweet orange.  Very easy to drink and approachable by anyone who wants to move beyond overly saccharine fruit-tinis.
Finish: A slight bitter quality reminds the palate that this is indeed an amaro.  Somewhat liqueur-like in approach.
Overall: A perfect soul mate for ice and a splash of soda water.  If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to try in a Negroni cocktail, look no further.  This will bring the holy trinity of gin, vermouth and amaro together in a friendly and welcoming camaraderie.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Anchor Distilling

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imagesSan Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. has added Luxardo Aperitivo ($19.99 a 750-ml.) to its U.S. import portfolio. A light, bittersweet liqueur, the 11%-abv offering is named after the Italian aperitivo occasion, in which a liqueur is served prior to a meal. Luxardo Aperitivo features an infusion of herbs, roots and citrus and is designed to be enjoyed with fruit juices, wines and in cocktails, such as the Spritz (where it’s combined with Prosecco). In addition to Luxardo Aperitivo, Anchor Distilling currently imports close to 20 liqueurs from Italy’s Luxardo Distillery, including its Amaretto, Limoncello, Sambuca and Maraschino expressions.

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imagesMissouri’s McCormick Distilling has reformulated its Tarantula Tequila brand to create two 100-proof expressions. Rolling out this month, the core Tarantuala range now includes Tarantula Plata 100 and Tarantula Reposado 100, both of which are 100-proof and made with 100% blue agave. Priced at $17.99 a 750-ml., the Tequilas are meant to be consumed neat, as a shot, on the rocks or in cocktails. Concurrently, Tarantula has unveiled new labeling, using the colors of the Mexican flag to reflect the brand’s heritage and authenticity. In addition to the 100-proof Plata and Reposado, Tarantula Tequila’s portfolio also includes Tarantula Azul (a blend of Tequila and citrus liqueur) and Tarantula Strawberry (Tequila and strawberry liqueur).

p17q5k7f0iprtp091km91g3d1hi3Sazerac Co. has unveiled a new barrel-aged Tequila range under its Corazon Tequila brand. The limited edition series, known as Expresiones del Corazon, features five 100%-agave offerings, each aged in barrels from a different Buffalo Trace whiskey. These offerings include the Buffalo Trace Reposado (aged 10.5 months, 80 proof), George T. Stagg Añejo (aged 22 months, 80 proof), Sazerac Rye Añejo (aged 24 months, 90 proof), Old Rip Van Winkle Añejo (aged 23 months, 80 proof) and a Blanco (80 proof). Just 6,000 bottles of each Expresiones del Corazon Tequila will be available nationwide, priced between $59.99 and $89.99. The Corazon Tequila brand also features core Blanco, Reposado and Añejo variants.

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