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Product of: Switzerland
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Gran Classico Bitter is a modern day recreation of a 1860s bitter apéritif liqueur originally produced in Turin, Italy called Torino Gran Classico. The recipe was purchased in 1925 by the small Swiss distillery Matter-Luginbühl AG who have produced a version mostly for local consumption ever since.
Gran Classico was developed by reverting back to the original recipe and is made from a maceration of 25 aromatic herbs and roots including wormwood, gentian, bitter orange peel, rhubarb, and hyssop. The maceration imparts an attractive golden-amber hue and no additional colouring is added.
Use a non-red alternative bitter liqueur in cocktails such as the Negroni or serve over ice with soda or tonic water.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 12/03/2015
Clear (slight haze), coppery golden amber.
Clove, vanilla, orange zest and rhubarb with subtle white pepper, gentian and wormwood.
Syrupy, bittersweet and lightly spicy with herbal complexity and herbaceousness. Gentian rooty bitterness, honeyed sweetness and white pepper spice all sit perfectly in kilter.
Red berry fruit, lingering mild quinine bitterness, bayleaf and white pepper spice. Overall: Use as the bitter element in a Negroni for a great drink.