Spirit: Grand Poppy Amaro
ABV: 20 (40% Proof)
Ingredients: Organic California poppy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bearberry, California bay leaf, pink peppercorn, dandelion, blessed thistle, burdock, rue, artichoke, gentian, geranium, cherry bark, cane sugar
Score: 91 Points
If you’ve experienced an Amari, this is Greenbar Distillery’s Californian take on it, packed full of flavorsome ingredients from the Golden State. An initial sip will give you a plethora of floral, herbal and citrus-based notes. There’s a distinct bitter-sweet floral element that pulls everything together, combining freshness and depth as the mid-palate brings forth grapefruit, lemon zest and clementine rinds. This is an incredibly moreish spirit that will hold up exceptionally well in cocktails and I anticipate it would work well with everything from white wine to gin, especially as a substitute spirit within a negroni.