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Gallano, with its bright yellow colour and distinctively tall column-like bottle, has been a hallmark of bars around the world for a very long time. Created in 1896 by an Italian distiller named Arturo Vaccari, the brand did not get its name from him. Instead, it is named after an Italian officer, Giuseppe Galliano, who died valiantly in battle as part of the Royal Italian Army. His name is now immortalized in this fine Italian liqueur.
Galliano L'Autentico is a sweet, herbal liqueur made using a special selection of 30 different herbs, spices, and plant extracts from the Mediterranean. The full list is unknown, but it does include Mediterranean anise, juniper, musk yarrow, star anise, lavender, peppermint, and cinnamon. These are infused into a neutral alcohol base before distillation and the separate addition of vanilla. A final retouch is done using distilled water, sugar, and pure neutral alcohol to get the sweet, herby flavour that has been used in countless famous cocktails.
With a yellow so bright that shadows of green can be seen in its depths, Galliano L'Autentico is an anise-based liqueur unlike the rest. It can be enjoyed on its own as a digestive drink, but is a perfect herby addition to cocktails thanks to its aromatic smell, smooth taste, and eye-catching colour.
Description of Galliano L'Autentico
- Colour: Galliano L'Autentico is a distinctive bright yellow with a fresh light green hue.
- Aroma: Sweet vanilla vies with anise for your attention, over subtle tones of citrus and herby wood.
- Taste: A silken syrup mouthfeel with a keynote of sweet anise, added to which are clove, ginger, liquorice, and peppermint tones, with lingering vanilla and spice in the finish.
PRODUCER: Lucas Bols, a public company producing, distributing, and marketing alcoholic beverages and which claims to be the oldest distillery brand on earth.
PRODUCTION DETAILS: Galliano L'Autentico was created by Arturo Vaccari of Tuscany in 1896. It is deliciously crafted using anise, cinnamon, citrus, ginger, juniper, lavender, and vanilla among other herbs and spices. Vanillin is used for flavouring, and sugar and glucose syrup for sweetening. Neutral alcohol is infused with pressings from all herbs except vanilla. The liquid is then distilled and infused with vanilla which was pressed separately. Distilled water, refined sugar, and pure neutral alcohol are then blended with the base. While the Galliano beverage of recent years was primarily vanilla in character, Galliano L'Autentico has a more herbaceous quality. Galliano L'Autentico is in fact a welcome return to the original recipe. Its high alcohol content and intense flavour pack a serious punch, yet it is surprisingly flexible, and can be used in a variety of cocktails, including the resurgent Harvey Wallbanger.