Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Wonderfully sweet and bitter with layers of citrus zest, black tea, mandarin orange, anise, coriander, and bitter cherry. A great way to end a meal. (Mar 2012)
Quite frankly, in our opinion, amari represent one of the most under-appreciated categories of spirits. Typically dissuaded by the commonly-ugly packaging and strange Italian names, the uninitiated rarely go out of their way to try this type of digestif (traditionally served after meals to help with digestion). First off, itâ€™s worth pointing out that while sipping these spirits neat or on ice after a meal is the most common way theyâ€™re served, it might not be for everyone. Amaro means â€śbitterâ€ť in Italian, and they arenâ€™t named that by accident. Amari tend to made from a number of herbs, flowers, herbs, and spices, and, consequently, have a bitter herbal taste, which isnâ€™t everyoneâ€™s cup of tea. That said, serving these types of spirits in soda water or tonic lightens the flavors greatly and often wins over others who might find the flavors a bit intense. Montenegro Amaro is not only one of our favorite amari in the store, but itâ€™s easily one of our top three favorite new spirits that weâ€™ve added to our selection in 2010. Itâ€™s similar to Averna, a classic amaro that weâ€™ve carried for years. Both spirits have a bitter herbal yet slightly sweet taste with a noticeable note of vanilla. But Montenegro is a bit less syrupy and has more robust, clean flavors. Not to bash Averna (we donâ€™t talk trash about reliable life-long friends here at Laurenti Wines), but we canâ€™t deny that weâ€™re very excited to have Montenegro Amaro in our store so we can share it with you! Amaro Montenegro was first produced in 1885 in Bologna by a famous Italian spirits manufacturere named Stanislao Cobianchi. The name of this liqueur intended to pay homage to the second queen of Italy, Princess Helen of Montenegro, on the occasion of her marriage to Victor Emanuel III, the Italian sovereign at that time.
|Amaro Montenegro was first produced in 1885 in Bologna by a famous Italian spirits manufacturere named Stanislao Cobianchi. The name of this liqueur intended to pay homage to the second queen of Italy, Princess Helen of Montenegro, on the occasion of her marriage to Victor Emanuel III, the Italian sovereign at that time.