An American Amaro inspired by Italian traditions

Jun 03, 2021 300

BY: Rita Cipalla

Black truffles and hazelnuts, Rainier cherries and rosebuds, rhubarb root and Willamette Valley hops. Although this may sound like a grocery list for your local farmer’s market, you might be surprised to know these organic ingredients form the basis of a distinctive and sophisticated amaro, an Italian liqueur, produced by a Seattle company called Fast Penny Spirits.

Launched about a year ago, Fast Penny currently makes two amari: Amaricano, with its aromas of toasted sugar and dark fruit, and Amaricano Bianca, which offers just a hint of candied lemon, saffron, apricot and chamomile. Both liqueurs sell for about $50 a bottle.

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