The Story

Joe dates his love of Amaro back to his days tending bars in Melbourne, some 20 years ago. His love of bitter flavours started somewhat earlier, as a lad sipping on chinotto while his mates enjoyed their Coca-Cola. Following the early success of his Stellacello Pompelmo, Stella took on a very personal challenge, in 2014, to create an original, London-bred Amaro of a quality that could stand alongside his extensive collection of the finest Italian Amari. It didn't happen overnight, in fact, it took Stella almost three years to perfect his Amaro recipe and the first release of his London Amaro came out in 2017. 

M+Q Notes

While the ingredients and flavours of Italian Amaro are intrinsically tied to each region--from the more alpine led styles of the north to the softer, citrus-driven Amari of the south--Stella had the luxury of starting from scratch. Some 25, predominantly fresh ingredients are used, (including Bethnal Green's finest imported grapefruit peel and flesh, coriander seed, black peppercorn, orange zest, rosemary, Madagascan vanilla pod and whole fresh rhubarb), each added to a long, staggered maceration in neutral spirit. The sweetness--essential to balance the drink's bitter elements--comes from the traditional addition of sugar syrup. 

The resulting brew carries heady scents of sarsaparilla, neroli, blackberry and currants, backed up by vibrant citrus and cinnamon. On the palate, you get notes of cola, burnt orange and red liquorice, with a soft and subtle bitterness balancing the well-rounded texture. Perhaps the best way to familiarise yourself with the brilliant quality and class on offer here is to serve this neat over ice as an after-dinner drink, although its measured sweetness and gentle bitterness make it an ideal ingredient for the backbar.

STELLARONI (An East End Negroni)
* 1 part Amaro London
* 1 part London Dry Gin
* 1 part Vermouth Rosso
* Served over ice & garnish with pink grapefruit zest

* 2 parts Amaro London 
* 1 part White Port 
* Topped with tonic water 
* Served over ice & garnish with pink grapefruit

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