Maraschino Luxardo Originale 32°
Maraschino Originale is a classic product of Luxardo. The typical straw coated bottle is by now a true icon on the mass consumption scenario. It is one of the very few liqueurs in the world produced by distillation. It is obtained from the marasca, a sour cherry variety exclusively cultivated by Luxardo. The distillate is allowed to mature for two years in Finnish ash vats (this wood does not lend its colour even after many years of maturing), and is then diluted and sugared. Maraschino Perfume is typical of marasca distillate, with an excellent intense aroma, fine and well amalgamated, without any aggressive note. The Maraschino taste is smooth but sharp, a sweet liqueur unusual for the punch of the distillate, which can be clearly perceived in spite of the moderate alcohol content. A rounded taste and a surprisingly persistent aroma.
The Maraschino's distinctive flavor comes from the Marasca cherries, and the crushed cherry pits lend an almond-like flavor to Maraschino. Honey is also part of the ancient recipe. The distillate is allowed to mature for two years in Finnish ashwood vats (because this wood does not lend its colour to the liqueur even after many years of maturing), and is then diluted and sugared. Maraschino is typically bottled in a straw-coated bottle.
Maraschino: the history
Maraschino was admired even by one of the biggest conqueror of the 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte who specially enjoyed it after dinner or supper. The French kings, Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis Philippe as well as the Czar of Russia Nicholas I admired Maraschino too. The British king George IV sent to Zadar the military fleet for taking a hundred of Maraschino cases for the Royal court at London and for the governors of Malta and Corfu. In 1871 on the request of the English queen Victoria, Maraschino was loaded on the English ships at Zadar port. In 1887, namely on September 26th, on his way through Zadar, the Prince of Wales who later become the king George V, personally visited Zadar liqueur factory and on that occasion ordered a considerable quantity of the famous Zadar speciality.
In 1821 Girolamo Luxardo, consul of the Kingdom of Sardinia in Zara (Zadar), opened a distillery there. After 8 years he obtained an exclusive "privilege" from the Emperor of Austria as an acknowledgment of the superior quality of his Maraschino. It became soon the largest and most famous distillery in Zara.
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