Tosolini Amaretto Saliza Liqueurs 70 cl (Packaging May Vary)
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Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker and dry shake. Add ice, shake again and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and two to three dashes of Angostura bitters for extra flavour.
Nose: Enticing combination of Battenberg cake and cherry Bakewell tart with an intense almond note. Comment: The best amaretto I’ve tried. The nose drew me in with two of my favourite desserts and continued onto the palate with superb integration of flavours. Much more enjoyable and less cloying than I was expecting. Bepi Tosolini founded the eponymous company in 1943, building a distillery in Udine in the 1950s to produce grappa. Today, the producer is in the hands of his three grandchildren: Guiseppe, Bruno and Lisa, who continue to make a range of liqueurs, brandies, and of course grappa, using the innovative methods introduced by Bepi, the main result of which was to produce spirit that came off the stills clear, rather than amber in colour. Formerly known as Mascarada, which is still represented by the image of mask-wearing lady on the front of the bottle, Salizá highlights amaretto’s traditional home of Venice, where it was served at parties in the nobler palaces in the 18th century where, according to legend, it was popular with Giacomo Casanova.Distillery Bepi Tosolini started as a grappa distillery in 1943, but over the years they have extended their collection to several other spirits and liqueurs. It is a family-run distillery based in the north-east of Italy, near Venice, always distilling using artisanal methods and without colour additives. It is such a stunning location to be working in, with views of the Friulian Alps and endless vineyards! Distillery Bepi Tosolini, considered one of Italy’s best grappa distillers, has created a selection of tasty, all-natural liqueurs, anything from coffee to liquorice to strawberry and this beautiful Amaretto. Ingredients are sourced mainly locally in Friuli or nearby.
Finish: Long with intense almond slowly dissipating to leave a pleasant hint of ginger at the finale.Whatever the true story of amaretto’s origin, the market for this rather unsung ingredient has exploded, with artisan offerings and mass market options both available. How much do they differ? And which one is best? We put our taste buds on the line to find out. The special secret of Tosolini distilled spirits will never be revealed to anyone outside of the members of the family. The ancient art acquired by Master Distiller Bepi Tosolini continues to live on in the professional commitment that is displayed by the entire family, from Giovanni, who now heads the company, to his grandchildren Giuseppe, Bruno and Lisa.
Nose: Freshly ground almonds, toffee and orange peel. Palate: Light, delicious and rounded with a fresh almond sweetness and a long, candied finish.The Tosolini family are committed to preserving and refining the knowledge that their grandfather Bepi acquired from the master distillers of the territory of Friuli. This philosophy has resulted in a continual search for improved product quality and purity, while maintaining the intuition and mastery displayed by Bepi Tosolini also resulted in some innovations in the production of distillates. Defined by a famous journalist from the specialised press as the "patriarch of the still", Bepi arranged for some special steam stills featuring manual controls to be built, which are still used by the company today. In fact, the steam still does not burn" the marc or the grapes, but instead delicately transports the alcoholic vapours to the top of the device, allowing a pure and aromatic distillate to be obtained. All were primarily tasted neat. Here’s our official ranking, from best to worst — though in all fairness, none of these liqueuers were unpalatable.