Luxardo Maraschino Originale is still produced according to a special formula created by Girolamo Luxardo in 1821. When Luxardo marasca cherries are harvested at the beginning of every summer, they are put in alcoholic infusion in larch-wood vats together with some leaves and branches of the same trees for up to three years. When ready, both the liquid and the solid parts are distilled in traditional copper pot stills, separating the heart from heads and tails. Only the heart of the distillate is then allowed to mature in ash-wood vats. The last process consists in transforming the distillate in liqueur by adding a simple syrup of water and sugar lowering the ABV to 32%.
Color: crystal clear
Aroma: Kirsch eau-de-vie like with strong alcohol spirit (surprisingly so for its abv) with roasted nuttiness and faint smoke.
Taste: intense, thick and syrupy with sweetness partially offset by fruit tartness. Very strong flavored – concentrated cherry juice and cherry jam with black pepper spice.