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broVo Amaro No. 1 Liqueur

From: Washington, United States Liquor Review Category: Herb Liqueur

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2016

Proof66 Notes

broVo amaro liqueurs were originally inspired by a rhubarb liqueur (initially declared a mistake) that later blossomed into a line of seven liqueurs after the fashion of Italian bitters (amaro) liqueur... this was later turned into the Amaro Project with annual releases celebrating different bartenders and styles. broVo Amaro No. 1 was the first and is made by John Ueding, who serves as the Craft Spirits Manager of Click Wholesale Distributing of Seattle. They say it is made in the "Gran Classico" style and claim it is heavy on the citrus featuring lemon and orange, which sounds to us like a departure from the spicy, anise flavored spirits common to the European style bitters. They suggest mixing in tiki-styled cocktails.

We had an opportunity to personally try the No. 1 and found it delightful... see our full write-up, which we said "after an exhaustive tasting, we can definitely declare: if you want to elevate a citrus cocktail, use broVo No. 1."

broVo Spirits is a Washington-based company that makes what they call "lady-made liquor." It was founded by Mhari Voelsgen and Erin Brophy, both Seattle natives. They produce a line of handcrafted liqueurs made specifically for designer cocktails after consulting and working with local restaurants. Their spirits are marked by strong aromas, low sugar content, and tend to be lower-proofed, which they believe targets the female market. (hat tip to the Puget Sound Business Journal) They work with local products ("authentically local") and look to make creative, "single note" liqueurs. As of April, 2013 they are producing their own spirits out of Woodinville, Washington. They use a Vendome copper pot still that they have affectionately named "the Dude" despite the fact that they also refer to it as a "she."

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2013-12-06)
After an exhaustive tasting, we can definitely declare: if you want to elevate a citrus cocktail, use broVo No. 1. It's a fantastic example of the liqueur if a touch sweeter than typical. If it suffers at all, it is that it suffers in the same way every bitters liqueur does: it's complex, particular, and designed for specialty, dedicated uses. Imbibed alone, there is little point… but as an accent in a cocktail it is the fireworks on a first-date kiss.
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