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A Succulent Swallow From Saronno
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Advantages: Taste, aroma, packaging, background!! QUALITY.
Disadvantages: Cost, but doesn't drop the rating below 5-stars!
The drink is produced in the town of Saronno, close to Milan, in northern Italy. What's so remarkable about the background to this drink is that, according to the company, it has been produced in the town since 1525 - using a 'secret formula' that hasn't been changed since then. It's incredible to think that people were drinking and enjoying the exact same substance nearly 500 years ago as we are today! Back when most people lived in villages, hadn't seen the sea, and had little awareness of the country they lived - they hadn't even played Angry Birds on the Iphone for God sake!
The glass of the Disaronno bottle is odd, but brilliant. It's wonky! There are no straight or symmetrically curved surfaces, instead there's a bumpy effect covering the entire bottle. Contrary to my initial observation that this made the bottle seem un-civilized and strange, after picking it up and inspecting it closer, I ended up really liking it! Furthermore, the effect seems to ooze style and finesse. Running your hands across the glass, the cool liquid beneath heightens that sense of quality. A gold label is carefully applied to the front, stating the name 'Disaronno Amaretto Originale', along with the usual information (ABV, ingredients, warnings, etc). Besides the form of the glass, the lid is the real set-piece of this intriguing design. It is a black, wide, rectangular cuboid that spins effortlessly onto the glass rim of the bottle, making sure no liquid is let loose (even when the bottle is upside down). The whole bottle feels thick and sturdy and looks excellent on a drinks cabinet!
Although the taste has distinct connotations with almonds, the product its self contains no almonds or other nuts. The taste is achieved through the careful fusion of dissimilar 'pure' ingredients. According to the company, the drink has "apricot kernel oil... absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits". With the 'herbs and fruits' is where the secret formula lies, hidden from highly competitive industry rivals. The taste (mainly because of these herbs and fruits) is strong, sweet, fruity, and has a hint of sourness. Batten-burg cake goes a long way as an adjective. It's hard to describe the taste, but by simply saying it's like no other spirit I've tasted should go a long way. It's warm and Christmasy and seems to blend the right balance of sour and sweet with a general apricot/almond backdrop. What's more, the taste is so smooth and elegant that it can be drunk 'on the rocks' perfectly comfortably - a world away from other high percentage spirits. In fact, I'd even go as far to say it's better drunk neat than with a mixer - though lemonade, coke and fruit-juices seem to go well.
I have to write about the smell separately because it's just so good! Combine that strong apricot/almond taste with a fork full of Batten-burg cake (marzipan) and a wisp of honey and you've achieved this drinks gorgeous smell! I could quite literally laden my house with a thick layer of this stuff and never get bored of its delicious, mouth-watering aroma. How do they achieve it?!?!
The most acceptable alternative to Disaronno is a brand called Bella Veroni Amaretto which can bought for £9.60 for 70 cl (£13.72 per litre). In contrast to Disaronno, the taste and bottle both lack in quality and depth of understanding of the drink/taste - then again, the alternative is less than half the price so it's worth considering.
Altogether, I am very impressed by the exquisite taste, aroma, packaging, and background of this spectacular brand and drink! It never gets old, it instead gets hold of you and makes you rave more. Even in the morning after a heavy nights drinking, the sight and smell of this substance won't turn you to the bathroom sink, it's just too good. A thoroughly recommended product, but be careful, as you can get carried away, forgetting the 28% ABV of the drink and getting pretty drunk pretty quickly!
PRICE: £15.00 50 cl bottle
AVAILABILITY: tesco.com (and in store)
Summary: Try some!
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