what you'll need to do to prepare
first, assemble your men to collect the ice
wait 5 months
second, chip the ice into small cubes...
It rather does make a quick, thrown together meal difficult, doesn't it?
I think about this when I drink a glass of Braulio. Braulio is an alpine amaro from Lombardia. Quite a good one, actually. The vintage Braulio has a dry, firm character and can exhibit stewed beets greens and a long lasting, cooling menthol note on the finish. I have taken the liberty to tell you what Braulio tastes like because if you are an American, the chances are pretty good that you haven't tried Braulio for yourself. It's not imported to the States. Which is a shame. Because with Braulio we have a very good family of amari that have a long history (with the original recipe developed in 1875), which begin their life as grapes (instead of beet based liquor), which see significant oak age (as opposed to significant caramel coloring), and which are flavored with locally picked herbs (that's right, regional!). Yet despite the high quality and the high regard within Italy, it can take awhile to find oneself in front of a bottle of Braulio in this country. I know this, as I once spent about a year assembling a collection of about 35 amari samples for a venue in New York, and guess what? No Braulio.
|It is perhaps true that this tablecloth (visible to the right of the bottle) and this bottle label were really meant for each other. Funny how things work out like that sometimes.|
And I got luckier still when another friend of mine, Liz, recently shared with me tastes of both the "Riserva" 2005 and also the normal release Braulio.
|The Riserva Braulio is released in 750ml bottles, while this bottle of Braulio normale was in a 1L format. I found the normale bottling sweeter to the taste and less complex than the Riservas that I tried.|
|A closeup of the scroll on the front label of a bottle of Braulio. "Braulio" is the name of a mountain near the town of Bormio (in the Valtellina) in which the Braulio amari are produced. The Braulio distillery also makes grappa.|
For those making their own journey out for Braulio, the cellars of the distillery are located under the small mountain town of Bormio. The owners of the distillery also operate a tasting bar in that town, and perhaps best of all, they offer distillery tours. The bar is located on Via Roma. You can see a video visit to the distillery on Youtube here. You can visit the website of the Peloni family, who make Braulio, here. The Braulio website is here, but it is only in Italian.
Good luck in your search. Don't forget the ice.