Asterley Bros. Dispense Modern British Amaro

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Barcode UPC: 0 799439 689404
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about Asterley Bros Dispense Amaro

Produced by: Asterley Bros
UK consumer PR by: Stellar Public Relations
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alc./vol: 26%

Proof: 52°

Vintage: 2015

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Asterley Brothers - Rob and Jim Berry make their amaro in Forest Hill, South London using 24 botanicals including gentian, hops, wormwood, cardamom, clove, bitter orange, hops, milk thistle, hyssop, basil, rosemary, rhubarb, chickweed, angelica, devils claw and lime, along with…
vermouth made using English pinot noir wine from the Gusbourne Estate in Kent. Three separate macerations are used, one in an organic grain spirit, the second in a molasses-based spirit and a third in the pinot noir wine. Each bottle takes around three months in to make.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 24/11/2016


(sample bottles 2015 vintage) Clear, golden amber with flecks of burnish copper.


Cinnamon, cardamom, clove and zesty orange with light nuttiness. One sample bottle has distinctive Indian spices with faint ash, the other is fruitier with dried apricot.


Of the two sample bottles we sent, one is more fruity with zesty orange, dried apricot and clove with bitter bark and nutty rootiness. The other is way too bitter and spicy. Both are lightly dosed with sugar - perhaps a little too lightly, lacking the rich mouthfeel and balance of traditional Italian amari.


Again, bitter notes overly dominate one sample with lingering cigarette ash-like notes. While the better of the two samples has lingering zesty orange and bitter spice.


Amaro may mean ‘bitter’, but dependent on batch, this particular example may be overly so. Even the better of our two samples was a tad too bitter and suited to mixing rather than being enjoyed neat on-the-rocks as is traditional of an Italian amaro. We look forward to the 2016 vintage.

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