About Gin and Genever from Italy

About Gin  and  Genever from Italy
Any discussion of spirits in Italy must begin with grappa, a powerful product distilled from left over grape skins and seeds that is produced all over the country. While the basic grappas can be rough and fiery, there are a handful of firms, especially in the north, that craft refined, artisanal versions that offer more delicate aromas and subtle flavors. Often packaged in strikingly-designed glass and crystal bottles, many of these dazzling products have now taken their rightful place alongside designer spirits at glamorous bars in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Amaro, a digestif, is a popular liqueur, made everywhere in Italy; each version is produced from a special recipe of herbs and spices. These tend to be dry, with some being slightly bitter. Finally, two other Italian spirits that have become quite popular in America include Amaretto, a sweet liqueur made from almonds, and Sambuca, a dry spirit made from anise seed.

Top Picks for Italy

Gin and Genever

Luis Gin 8 Gin
89 points
$26.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of crushed juniper berry, freshly cracked black pepper, sweet tea, and fresh snap pea with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of candied lemon peel, grapefruit gummies, and white pepper finish. A spicy Gin with bright citrus notes and a contemporary vibe.
89 points $26.99
Z44 Dry Gin
89 points
$50
Clear color. Toasty, nutty, floral, herbal aromas and flavors of baklava with confectioners sugar, herbed citrus and tomato relish, delicate floral lotion, and bbq taro chips with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-to-long finish conveying nuances of floral bath oil, juniper jam on rosemary foccacia, lemon pepper and honey, and sandalwood incense ash finish. A warming and earthy gin with an intriguing blend of floral, citrus and savory notes.