Bigallet China China Amer Bitter Liqueur
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Bigallet China China Amer Bitter Liqueur

Item # 30577 750mL
$41.96/ Single Bottle
$503.52/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Based on the original Bigallet brothers' recipe, dating from 1875, this traditional orange-based French bitter is a deep, complex equivalent to the fabled Amer Picon. Distilled multiple times in small copper alembic stills, the neutral grain spirit is macerated each time with a combination of sweet and bitter orange citrus peels. The final infusion also includes sweet caramel and classic bitter agents including cinchona and, of course, gentian. The bitter oranges and botanicals are balanced beautifully on the nose, giving this real dimension. Just a hint of fresh juice lends a slightly sweet reprieve. The entry is sweeter than the nose, and the medium viscosity turns clean zesty and spicy/bitter on to the refreshing finish that hangs on nicely. This is the holy grail for cocktail enthusiasts and people looking for traditional spirits.

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Staff Pick Notes

This bitter from France boasts big flavor that, unlike most of its Italian counterparts, is focused on fruit rather than herbs. Spice plays a big role here too, star anise jumps out and contributes to the molasses-y profile. Really though, China China is about the citrus. It's chockablock with orange flavor as though you made marmalade from charred fruit. I love this stuff, and it's the rare liqueur that is not too sweet to drink by itself. You don't need a full bar to get a lot of use out of China China: pour it over ice, use it as a dupe for Amer Picon, or swap this in for the vermouth the next time you're making Manhattans.

- TT

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