Sips Review: Disaronno

  • Producer: Illva Saronnoa SPA
  • Type: Nut Liquer
  • Region: Italy
  • Cask: N/A
  • ABV: 28%

Disaronno is made from a centuries-old recipe of unnamed fruits and herbs designed for a very sweet taste and is one of the most well-known Italian liqueurs. Rumors have it that the recipe stems from an innkeeper’s liqueur made in 1525 that was discovered by the Reina family. The Reina family began making DiSaronno Originale in the 17th century from Saronno, Italy. Whether the rumors are true or not, who can say.

I bought a bottle and the bottle is pretty to look at. The bottle is clear and filled with a deep amber color, with golden hues and viscous legs. When I first open the bottle, it has a medium intensity scent of sweet marzipan and almonds. Once tasted the drink has a lingering viscosity and delivers on the promise of its scent. There is a pronounced taste of marzipan, almonds, and vanilla but also orange peel, cherry and honey. There’s a long finish on the back end.

Overall, as with many cordials, this amaretto is very sweet with a low ABV. This is the kind of drink you can provide to friends neat, on the rocks, or especially as a mixer. It’s surprisingly smooth, delightfully complex, and enjoyable even for those of us who typically lean towards a nice whiskey or bourbon. I generally keep a bottle on hand for visitors. I recommend it to anyone who has a sweet tooth.


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