Avril Amaretto: new Quebec spirit
There are some very interesting spirits coming out of Quebec (like Dandy Gin by Domaine LaFrance). Avril Amaretto is the newest spirit added to Distillerie Mariana’s lineup, and it’s a unique take on the traditional Italian spirit.
Avril Amaretto is a collaboration between Spiritueux Iberville’s founder Mario D’Amico, and Distillerie Mariana’s Jonathan Couturier and Jean-Philippe Roussy. A craft Amaretto, it integrates elements from Quebec’s terroir (maple syrup, balsam fir, forest chestnut flour).
The result is a sweet, syrupy liqueur that evokes feelings of wood stoves and cozy one-room school houses. On the nose, there’s maraschino cherry, scotch cookies, vanilla and almonds. It’s a warm, cool-weather sipper with flavours of hot buttered rum, cookie dough, nuts, spice and vanilla. Delicious pitted-fruit aftertaste caps everything off.
It definitely calls for something savoury as a food pairing, to balance the super sweet sipper. You can find cocktail ideas on the Spiritueux Iberville website.