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Product of: Netherlands
Inspired by a 1800s recipe for Planter's Punch that included ambergris and observing that most liqueurs have a one-dimensional flavour profile, bartending elder statesman Salvatore Calabrese sought to create a liqueur that was floral, citrus and minty, the result being Acqua Bianca.
To make his dream liqueur a reality, Salvatore "The Maestro" Calabrese teamed up with De Kuyper Royal Distillers who launched Acqua Bianca in February 2020.
Acqua Bianca is made using all-natural ingredients, including lemon verbena, bergamot from Calabria, peppermint and rose, "bound with essence of ambergris." For a liqueur, Acqua Bianca has a very low sugar content of just 150 grams of sugar per litre.
Acqua Bianca's packaging resembles a book, with the label as the spine and this was designed by Salvatore's daughter, Francesca Calabrese and her design agency Five Foot Eight.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 07/02/2020
Incredibly aromatic with peppermint, zesty bergamot oils, floral rose and honeysuckle.
Peppermint freshness with an almost creamy mouthfeel, floral flavours and light cleansing citrusy acidity.
Long minty fresh finish with lingering rose and citrus zest.
Wonderfully aromatic, Acqua Bianca has notes of mint, rose and citrus and can be used in place of a traditional white crème de menthe to add more complexity to a cocktail rather than one-dimensional mint.
Difford's Guide Certification
Bottle Size: 500 ml
Closure: Natural cork stopper