Born in Calabria — the “toe of the foot” of Italy — Vecchio Amaro Del Capo (or just Del Capo) is a classic amaro made from 29 local herbs and roots. Lightly brown like a brewed tea, it looks a bit like whiskey in the glass but smells far different as it is poured.
A melange of aromas, it’s tough to describe exactly what you catch on the nose with Del Capo. I get rhubarb up front, with oily orange (juice and peel) close behind. As it develops on the palate, spicier notes come along, with some cloves, cinnamon, plus licorice and bitter root beer characteristics. The mix of sweet and bitter actually melds into a quite pleasing finish. At first it’s a bit of a jumble, but in the end it comes together nicely, a quite nice sipper as an after-dinner amaro.
Instructions on the front of the bottle indicate the liqueur should be served chilled, and “ice cold” (a la Jagermeister) seems to be the preferred drinking method. I tried it neat and found it enjoyable that way too, though the texture is a bit oily for room-temperature consumption.
70 proof. Bottle design may vary slightly based on region.
A- / $23 / caffo.co
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