Review: Vecchio Amaro Del Capo Liqueur

Review: Vecchio Amaro Del Capo Liqueur

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 /

Vecchio Amaro Del Capo Liqueur




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  1. Barbara Groot on August 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I am looking for the “amaro del capo” glasses ……..where can I buy ???????????

  2. Birgit on August 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I am also looking for the glasses for this great drink, anyone have any info?

  3. Joe on April 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I’m also looking the glasses & the tray .

  4. Yuri on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    glasses alone are not for sale in the US but depending on where you live you might be able to find gift pack Amaro del capo ( 750 ml bottle with 2 glasses) although this item is seasonal and typically available around xmas time.

  5. garrett on July 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Hey, I was talking to a friend and when they had this in Italy it was followed/chased with an orange slice that half had been coated with brown sugar and the other have in fine powdered coffee. Has anyone else heard of this tradition, or anything similar with this amaro? Or perhaps any other amaro for that fact?

    • Yuri on July 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

      In Italy Amaros are traditionally enjoyed after dinner straight ,chilled or frozen (in the case of the Vecchio Amaro del Capo).Anyway there’s a new trend going on trying to get amaros more appealing to the younger crowd including them in cocktails or finding fancier ways to enjoy them. This might be the case

    • garrett on July 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Awesome, thanks for the reply. I think that potentially could’ve been the case. I just ordered a bottle of it and looking forward to it.

  6. Anonymous on October 16, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Had amaro and looking forward to my second!
    I find having it neat is sweet!

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