Amaro del Ciclista Casoni Review And Tasting Notes
Amaro del Ciclista Casoni is a liqueur with an excellent character and thickness, enveloping herbaceous and evolved aromas, but above all, it is a bitter that does not let itself be overwhelmed by sweetness. Leave the bitterness in the mouth, but with style, it is a zesty flavor. It caresses the palate.
It does not want to gild the pill to make the taste more pandering and bland. You will not feel that taste of molasses and caramel in your mouth typical of many products that dare to call themselves bitters.
No, not at all. This Amaro is sharp, dominated by hints of licorice, anise, and rhubarb, but not like the Rabarbaro Zucca, to name just one, where the bitter taste of herbs is drowned in the softness of sugar.
It is a very delicate product produced by the historic Casoni distillery in Modena, which already makes Gin Tabar, a very earthy gin that recalls the old anisette. This distillery has a noble intent: to revive the flavors of the past through new products but with a more dynamic cut.
How is it made?
It is produced with an infusion of 15 herbs and spices in water and alcohol for 30 days, then another 60 rest, and is bottled.
And we liked the result very much, the cyclist’s Amaro is excellent for making cocktails, to make a more lysergic and disruptive Negroni, but it is intriguing even if served chilled, with a bit of seltzer and an orange peel.
The bouquet is bold, mysterious, and complex and defies any industrial stylization, offering an infinite series of herbaceous, alpine, earthy, and spicy echoes. The tone is elegant and sharp but always measured and aromatically precise. Fabulous cinchona and nutmeg finish.
It is aromatic, mentholated, and fresh in the mouth, but with a balance that invites you to drink without ever falling into vulgar sugar saturation. It has a nice extension that opens on a cornucopia of flavors of flowers, herbs, cinnamon, and anise. It flows compact, without smudging, and without being rude.
20-24 euros, an acceptable price for a good quality amaro.