Tempus Fugit Gran Classico Bitters
ITALY (28% ABV) 700ml
Created by following an "Italian Bitter of Turin" recipe dating from the 1860s. The recipe was purchased in 1925 by the small Swiss distillery E. Luginbühl, and a version has been produced for mostly local consumption ever since. Tempus Fugit's Gran Classico reverts back to the original recipe and employs a maceration of 25 aromatic herbs and roots including wormwood, gentian, bitter orange peel, rhubarb, and hyssop.
A must have in the cocktail armoury for Negronis or as a non-red alternative bitter ingredient.
Tasting note: Beautiful polished copper colour with deep gold edges and thick legs. Sensational aromatic range with the gentian / bitter peel top notes leaping out of the glass over background aromas of pink grapefruit, orange and dried herbs. Creamy textured, semi-sweet mid palate is eclipsed by a juicy, bittersweet cascade of orange peel, grapefruit and gentian-like flavours. Finish demonstrates ideal bitter-sweet balance as the rooty, earthy notes vie against the sugars until the bitterness finally wins out. Superbly crafted.