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A Favourte Thing: It's Apricot NOT Almond
Member Name: vinodgm
Date: 16/07/02, updated on 16/07/02 (3214 review reads)
Advantages: Very exquisite and unique liqueur, great for special occasions and gifts
Disadvantages: You either hate it or love it
I could not believe it when I heard that. I mean this stuff tastes 100% almond and you would be a fool to think otherwise. But as I have learnt many a time taste can deceive and this is certainly the case here.
Amaretto is a liqueur that hails from a town called Saronno in Italy. Several distilleries produce their own Amaretto but the one that I recently purchased and still have at home is the Disaronno Amaretto. This is probably one of the most well known types and also probably the one that presents Amaretto in its highest level of quality and in a way that this delicacy deserves to be presented.
The story of Disaronno's Amaretto began in 1525 when one Bernardino Luini, of the Leonardo da Vinci School of Art, was commissioned by the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Saronno, Italy, to paint a fresco of the Madonna. Being a very talented and passionate painter he painstaking turned all his efforts into finding the perfect model, who had to be patient, poised and most important had to be beautiful. After searching for many a week he finally found a young innkeeper who fitted the bill perfectly. For the next few months they worked together in very intimate settings and surroundings and were never more than a few feet apart. The young lass fell deeply and passionately in love with Bernardino and as a token of her love she created a sweet, almond flavoured liqueur for him. This was the first bottle of Disaronno Amaretto.
The original recipe has not changed since that first love affair over 475 years ago and that is why it is referred to as "Originale".
Today Amaretto is the Italians best selling liqueur worldwide.
Disaronno Amaretto is made of only natural ingredients like absolute alcohol, burnt sugar and the pure essence of seventeen selected and different herbs
and fruits, which are soaked in apricot kernel oil.
One of the first things that strikes you is the elegant nature of the bottle. This is no common bottle. It is made of Venetian glass and wonderfully sculptured. It is transparent and this allows you to see the lovely amber colour of this delightful liqueur. The cap is something, which I think, is unique to all liqueurs bearing the Amaretto name. It has a short neck and then a large square head. Very similar to that thing you wear on your head when you graduate.
Disaronno Originale Amaretto is available in five different bottle sizes and these being; 50ml, 375 ml, 750ml, 1 liter, and 1.75 liter.
As I mentioned earlier this is something that you either hate or love. There is absolutely no inbetween. Personally I tend to love all types of liqueurs and especially so those sweeter ones like Amarula, Drambuie, Countreau and the likes and now Amaretto.
It is very thick amber coloured nectar and the ideal way to have and the only way I like it, is neat on the rocks. As with most drinks nowadays they always seem to find some kind of cocktails to make with them and Amaretto is no different. Some of the more popular ones are; Amaretto Sour, The Italian Tickler, Italian Punch and Amaretto Cafe. I personally have not tried any of these cocktails and do not intend to in the near future as I feel that it would spoil the exquisite taste of this nectar. However I might give the Amaretto Cafe a go since this is mixed with coffee and served piping hot. That should be good.
As with all exquisite drinks the ambience (surroundings) forms an important part in providing you with the utmost drinking pleasure. After a little look around the Disaronno website I learnt that ambience involves several things like candles, especially aroma therapy candles, aswell as perfect background music, which I presume should be classical or light jazz. Basically the ultimate ambience would be a cozy place,
dim lights and light background music and off course a glass of Amaretto, preferrably neat and on the rocks.
The very fact that there is talk about ambience concerning this drink just goes to show you how much class and elegance this drink really has. It certainly has a lot of respect.
Disaronno Originale Amaretto is available in over 150 countries worldwide and here in the U.K. is available at many shops and over the internet. The 70cl bottle that I purchased cost me £ 15.90, which if put into comparison with other liqueurs is not that bad a price.
Overall a truly wonderful liqueur that is one to savour and enjoy. If you haven't already tasted this then you are surely missing something.
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