NEW YORK, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Amaro Montenegro was once again honored with a Gold medal in the Bitters category at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), which sets worldwide benchmarks for quality and excellence in wines, spirits and liqueurs. The award marks the second year in a row that Amaro Montenegro has secured this prestigious distinction, further cementing its standing as the world's best liqueur.
The IWSC Gold medal follows Amaro Montenegro's recent awards at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where the brand received top accolades in the form of Best in Show Liqueur, Best Herbal and Botanical Liqueur, and a rare Double Gold medal.
"Amaro Montenegro's signature bitter-sweet taste and unique production process has set us apart from our competitors for more than 130 years," said Francesco Scaglione, International Commercial Director for Gruppo Montenegro. "We're honored to be recognized not just once – but twice – for our superior quality by one of the world's most prestigious spirits competitions. As excitement for the amaro category continues to grow, we look forward to introducing Amaro Montenegro to new consumers around the globe."
The IWSC is one of the most coveted awards in the spirits industry, annually receiving entries from more than 90 countries. Submissions undergo a rigorous two-stage judging process, including a double blind taste test and a detailed chemical analysis to ensure integrity and consistency.
Amaro Montenegro is a 133-year-old amaro that is born of extraordinary experiences and baptized by irreverence. The award-winning bitter-sweet flavor of Amaro Montenegro begins with the cultivation and extraction of 40 botanicals collected from around the globe, preserved at a controlled temperature and humidity and crushed only moments before they enter the extraction phase. Three different methods are used to extract the essence of each botanical: boiling, maceration, and distillation to create Amaro Montenegro's signature blend. This process is overseen by Master Herbalist, Dr. Matteo Bonoli, who ensures every batch just as the brand's founder, Stanislao Cobianchi, did back in 1885.
Amaro Montenegro, celebrated as the world's best liqueur*, was perfected in 1885 and features the essence of 40 botanicals from around the globe, collected during the travels of explorer and herbalist Stanislao Cobianchi. The signature complex taste is characterized by a pleasing blend of sweet and bitter notes. Amaro Montenegro is a favorite of bartender and mixologists for its tremendous versatility in crafting inventive cocktails and adding a flavorful twist to classic drinks. What distinguishes Amaro Montenegro from other herbaceous liqueurs is its balanced bitter-sweet flavor, smooth texture and milder proof – making it the difference in the drink. A product of Bologna Italy, Amaro Montenegro's secret recipe remains unchanged as does the boiling, maceration and distillation process that was practiced more than 130 years ago.
*Amaro Montenegro was named 2018 Best Liqueur by the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition