One of the oldest and perhaps most-recognised Amaro brands in the world today, Montenegro was first established in Bologn, Italy, in 1885. The original creator, Stanislao Cobianchi named his elixir in honour of the marriage of Princess Elena of Montenegro to Prince Vittorio Emanuele III.
Amaro Montenegro is crafted from a secret blend of 40 botanicals, collected from all over the globe, including bitter orange, coriander seed, cloves, nutmeg and marjoram, along with many more. Absolutely perfect as a digestif, or used to take a cocktail to the next level, Amaro Montenegro should be a staple for any spirit lover. One sip and it's easy to see why it's Italy's best-selling Amaro!
The 40 different botanicals are mixed and chopped, before being boiled in water for a specific period of time. After this, select botanicals are developed into extracts through maceration in aqueous-alcohol solution of 20-30 days. The solutions are distilled carefully at lower temperatures to ensure the delicate flavours aren't lost. Only the 'heart cut' of the distillate is used. At the end of this process, the 40 botanicals have been distilled down to 12 essential extracts. These are then blended together to create the base Amaro. Alcohol, sugar and water are then added to this base. Finally, and this is one of the steps that separates Montenegro from other Amaros, they add one drop of 'Il Premio' - 'The Prize.' Il Premio is the result of a micro-distillation of five unique botanicals. It is so intense in flavour, that only a single drop is used per bottle - 1 litre makes around 15,000 bottles!
A floral nose, with rose petals and lavender lifting out of the glass. Subtler, more complex notes play underneath with dried orange peel, pepper, allspice and licorice. There's a woody tone, too. The initial palate is lightly sweet, with more dried citrus, and a light cherry note. The weight is quite delicate, allowing the sweeter, brighter fruit and floral notes to flow over the earthier, spicier tones. The bitterness of the amaro comes through towards the finish, with wormwood and clove notes.
KARA NEWMAN - WINE ENTHUSIAST
One of the lightest and gentlest amari, this amber spirit delicately mixes sarsaparilla-like herbal notes and honey sweetness with just the right bitter edge. Mix it into cocktails—mixologists love this amaro—or sip it as a delightful digestif.
Double Gold Medal, Trophy for Best Herbal/Botanical Liqueur in Show, Trophy for Best Liqueur in Show - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 Gold Medal - International Wine and Spirit Competition 2018 Gold Medal - International Wine and Spirit Competition 2017