About World Brandies from Italy

About World Brandies 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.

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World Brandies

Vecchia Romagna 35 Year Old Brandy
90 points
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of vanilla, fruit salad, and dark fruit jam with a lightly tannic, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy dried cherries, whiskey barrel, charred nuts, and light iodine finish. A solid brandy with gifting potential.
Vecchia Romagna Riserva 10 Year Old Brandy
89 points
Brilliant amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of toasted fruit and raisin cakes, molasses, and spiced nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish manifesting elements of caramelized nuts, toasted spices, vanilla cappuccino, and oak and tobacco finish. A nice warming brandy for the fireside.
Vecchia Romagna Etichetta Nera Brandy
85 points
Rich amber color. Fruity aromas of baked peaches, mango coulis, creme anglaise, and honeyed prunes with a round, fruity medium body and a cheery apricot fruit and nut bar, sesame seed, and cinnamon tea finish. An easy drinking brandy for Wisconsin-style old fashioneds.