Hailing from Sicily, Averna is sweeter than most of its compadres, striking a pleasant balance between bitter and sugary. The body is oily and thick, but the flavor is light considering the appearance in the glass. On the nose: Cinnamon and citrus. In the mouth, the same, more lemon on the finish. A touch of nutmeg and licorice.
All told, Averna is an excellent intro to bitter liqueurs, a smoother and simpler way to please both your sweet tooth and your sour stomach at the same time.