Baliva Ferro China Liqueur

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alc./vol: 21%

Proof: 42°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of Italy Italy

The recipe for this herbal tonic quinine liqueur dates back to 1894 and was formulated by a Doctor Ernesto Baliva in Rome, Italy. It is less bitter and more approachable than many other 'china' (quinine) liqueurs and is made distinctive by iron citrate which adds delicious citrus notes.

'Ferro' would suggest that this liqueur will put iron, if not lead, in your pencil, and indeed this is a reference to its iron citrate content.

'China' is a contraction of Chinchona Chinchon, referring to extracts of bark from the cinchona tree, better known as quinquina or quinine.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 11/03/2015


Clear but opaque, deep brown with a tinge of burgundy.


Herbal mocha coffee, roasted horse chestnut, vanilla and delicate spice.


Vanilla, creamy mocha coffee, lightly bitter bark and delicate complex spice.


Long herbal, chocolaty, creamy and delicately spicy finish.

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