You think ‘amaretto’, you think Disaronno – a popular digestif, Disaronno and its widespread cocktail expression as the Disaronno Sour is known across the globe.
However, the purveyors of this Italian almond liqueur are broadening their market into the world of whisky! Working with several distilleries across the Highlands and Speyside, Disaronno has unveiled the Disaronno Riserva: a new luxury limited edition liqueur, which combines the signature notes of Disaronno with a bespoke blend of Scottish malt whisky – aged in Marsala barrels from the Cantine Florio in Marsala, Sicily (for more on what to feast on in Marsala, click HERE!)
Nearly 500 years after the first bottle of Disaronno Amaretto was gifted by a local innkeeper to a student of Da Vinci’s in Saronno, Italy; CEO of Illva Saronno Augusto Reina travelled up to distilleries in the Scottish Highlands to hand pick a select mix of malts to prepare a light, sweet blend to merge with the intense almond and marzipan flavours of the well-loved amaretto.
Beginning with sweet touch of spice softened by light hints of vanilla-almond, with stone fruit overtones and a finish that is peppery, recalling dried fruit with a touch of Madeira – the Disaronno Riserva is one of the first sweeter whisky expressions the Hoodooist has taken to this year.
The Hoodooist prefers it served neat, instead of on the rocks – the slight warmth brings out the peach notes in the Riserva, perfect for a cold night digestivo.
Packaged in a sleek wooden case, the Riserva comes in a bottle reminiscent of the Amaretto, but glossed with a minimalist, smooth design. With only 10,000 bottles released a year, the Disaronno Riserva is limited to luxury retailers: as of this week, it is available at the Fortnum and Mason department store in West London at an RRP of £250.
Augusto Reina comments, “I am honoured to present Disaronno Riserva It’s a product that is deeply rooted in the company’s ethos; research and innovation have always been the guiding principles in managing the family business, and it is these exact values that have made this new product truly unique. To make the product distinctive I decided to focus on how, and where it was created; being aged in the oak barrels Cantine Florio, brings it all back to the long standing history of the company. It has all come full circle.”
Fortnum & Mason
London W1A 1ER