Strong aromas of bitter herbs and dried fruit (chestnuts, walnut husk), followed by scents of coffee and honey.
On The Palate: The first impression of sweetness due to honey is then followed by a strong bitter tannic taste with a long-length finish. This roughness is corrected by fine aromas of chestnuts, honey, dried fruit, vanilla and coffee.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Sweetened with honey from the Sibillini Mountains, this deep-brown amaro is rich, with touches of baked fruit, honey, nuts and dark chocolate. However, a bitter streak plows right through any sweetness on the palate, leaving bountiful herbal and spicy-hot notes in its wake. Use sparingly to add aromatics to cocktails.
Natural bitters obtained from an infusion of herbs and roots are prepared over a wood fire and sweetened with the honey produced in the area of the Sibillini Mountains.
Duration And Aging Method: These ingredients, once blended, have to be decanted and aged for several months.
|Alcohol Content: 34%
|Founded in 1868 by Girolamo Varnelli, the Varnelli Distillery is today a joint stock and holding company that is managed by the fourth generation of a business family, made up of four women.
The founder, Girolamo Varnelli, lived in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, now a National Park, where he studied the medicinal plants of the land. This is how he got the idea for many recipes for distillates and bitters, the Amaro Sibilla being one of those that stood out, which was used during those times as an antimalarial and antipyretic drug for its high content of Gentiana Lutea and China Calyssaia.
The biggest family invention is due to his son Antonio Varnelli, who interpreted and sophisticated the diffused Marchigiano recipe for anisette. He then created Varnelli - a strong, elegant and inimitable drink with an anise flavour - that soon became the pride of the Varnelli Distillery and brought fame to the family name.