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

Item # 30577 750mL

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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The only way I can describe this Amer is like eating a chocolate orange ball at Christmas. Amer is the French terminology for amaro, and much like the Italian counterparts this is a liqueur that bolsters rich fruit character to balance the bitterness derived from its base components. Candied and bitter orange carries the body with a beautiful evergreen finish led by the gentian and chincona bark, or quinine, that gives this amer its name. Pouring at 80 proof, this is a liqueur you can enjoy on its own over ice but don't be afraid to mix it into any cocktail calling for an amaro alternative. A favorite of mine is replacing Campari in a mezcal negroni to spice up to mix a bit and keep your tastebuds guessing.

- BWH

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