Tasting Notes for St. George Bruto Americano
Aroma: Notes of cinnamon, sandalwood, and forest.
Taste: Initial palate entry is bitter, followed by a woodsy mid-palate and lingering bitter/citrus finish.
Recommended Serve: Enjoy in a Negroni (perhaps with Terroir Gin to accentuate the woodsy notes...) or simply splash a measure in some soda water.
A riff on a traditional Italian Americano liqueur from the St George Spirits folks in sunny California, USA, featuring aromatic, evocative notes inspired by Distiller Lance Winters' experiences growing up in California back in the '70s (the label design also harks back to those days too).
Bruto is made from a variety of herbs, roots, and other botanicals. Though the exact number of ingredients and formulation are proprietary, they do say that the bitterness comes primarily from gentian root; the citrus notes mostly from California-grown Seville orange; and the woodsy notes from balsam fir and Cascara sagrada (bark from the California buckthorn). They have also used cochineal to give it the authentic ruby red hue, which is a traditional and natural approach that some producers have moved away from over the years.
St. George Spirits was founded in 1982, and has grown from a dedicated eau de vie distillery into a diverse operation that makes a range of craft spirits. They have grown from a one man operation operating a bare-bones production facility with tasting tables jerry-rigged on sawhorses, to a diverse team of individuals passionate about artisan spirits operating a 65,000-square-foot hangar with a spectacular tasting room, laboratory, and a line-up of the most beautiful copper stills in the industry.
That’s a lot to be proud of. But it didn’t happen overnight. They’ve grown slowly over the last 39 years, hiring one person at a time, adding one copper still at a time. They don’t have a marketing team or a big advertising budget. What they do have is passion, ideas, and access to superlative raw materials.
The craft distillation movement has grown with them over the years, and they’ve been joined by hundreds of new distilleries across the country. As the landscape has changed, there’s been a lot of talk about established spirits brands vs. newcomers. Big brands vs. small brands. The way they see it, it’s not that small or big is better. It’s not that new or old is better. Better is better. We wholeheartedly agree.
And with that in mind, they have dedicated themselves to making the best spirits they can.They want to be able to pick their spirits out of a line-up on smell and taste alone because they’re exceptional, and we feel they have succeeded in their goal and the St. George range of spirits are some of the best around. Highly recommended!
Producer St. George Spirits Style Bitter Aperitivo Liqueur Volume 75cl ABV 24%