Product of: Italy
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This spirit-based aperitif's unique flavour and orange/red colour comes from a secret infusion of 16 ingredients, including bitter orange essence, gentian, cinchona bark (quinine), Chinese rhubarb. The majority of herbs and roots used come from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy and the recipe remains unchanged since it was first created in 1919. Aperol does not undergo any aging process and is ready to be bottled immediately after blending.
The concept of making an aperitif with an alcohol content of only 11% was revolutionary, and perhaps a little before its time, as it did not take off and became a major success until after the second world war.
In 1991, the Barbieri Company was acquired by Ireland's C&C International, but their tenure was short-lived and in 2003 Gruppo Campari purchased Barbero and with it Aperol. Gruppo Campari have continued to build Aperol and today it is enjoyed by over 3.4 million Italians and is commonly available across Europe and North America. In 2011, Gruppo Campari repackaged Aperol and stepped up international marking of the popular Aperol Spritz drink.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 23/11/2016
Clear, pale orange-crimson red.
Pink grapefruit and orange zest with strawberry jelly.
Hardly bitter at all, more like a zesty orange cordial with faint bitterness. Flavours of zesty orange marmalade and pink grapefruit predominate.
Short finish, zesty orange and grapefruit with strawberry and lingering light bitter rootyness.
As Italian 'red' aperitivo liqueurs go Aperol is on the sweet side. "Poco alcolico" on the label translates as 'low alcohol' - its is, and Aperol is also generally light in style.