Paolucci Amaro CioCiaro Liqueur (750ml)
The vibrant, bittersweet bouquet is citrusy, herbal, floral and earthy. The palate entry is bittersweet, intensely herbal and earthy but refreshingly orange citrusy; the tasty midpalate is marked by heightened sweetness and a more mineral-like core flavor. Finish is savory and bittersweet. Best Buy.
According to a highly trusted source, this is the closest available substitute for the old incarnation of Amer Picon. (Amer Picon is a highly sought-after cocktail ingredient, which is not distributed in the United States.) What few people know is that in the 1970s the formula for Amer Picon was quietly changed, and the Amaro CioCiaro is the closest you'll get to that original Amer recipe. It's soft, subtle, sweet and citrusy, offset by a pleasant bitterness. A must for any cocktail nerd's bar. (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits buyer)