Bresca Dorada 'Mirto Verde' Myrtle Liqueur, Sardinia, Italy (700ml)

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Importer notes: "Paolo Melis and Enrico Diana started Bresca Dorada in 1986, in the wild inland countryside of Sardinia, near Muravera. They were both from the city of Cagliari, and had met at a beekeeping course. They started with honey, of course, and other bee-related products, then became known for their home-made Mirto liqueur; they now also produce a green Mirto made from myrtle leaves, two citrus liqueurs and an amaro, all made from local ingredients in a very ‘green’ facility. 

Mirto Verde is a rarer liqueur than classic Mirto. It is made of freshly hand-harvested myrtle leaves and flowers from the inland part of Sardinia known as Sette Fratelli, around the estate. (The leaves must come from close to the estate because they must be infused immediately after picking.) The leaves are infused in pure grain alcohol for at least two months for a slow and complete extraction of aromatic substances. The only additions are sugar, honey (up to 5% of the sweetener, more would give too much of a honey flavor) and water (to reach the right proof for drinking). Myrtle leaves are used in Sardinian cooking, for example to flavor suckling pig, and they are spicy and said to be reminiscent of orange. Bresca Dorada’s Mirto Verde is subtle, distinctive, and very flavorful, with a long savory finish. Great after dinner or in cocktails."

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