Gran Classico Bitter
Awarded 97 points and the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and five stars in F. Paul Pacult’s list of the “130 Best Spirits in the World”, Gran Classico Bitter should be firmly on the radar of any bartender or cocktail connoisseur.
Gran Classico Bitter is an apéritif liqueur painstakingly recreated using a recipe dating from the 1860s for “Italian Bitter of Turin”. The recipe was bought by a tiny distillery in the Swiss countryside and until very recently, this incredible spirit was only available locally. Crafted from 25 aromatic herbs, including wormwood, gentian, bitter orange peel, rhubarb and hyssop, it will make you question everything you think you know about classic bitter liqueurs. Sip it neat to revel in the tangy rhubarb, bitter gentian, marmalade notes, sweet vanilla and pine-fresh finish, or mix with soda water to fashion an invigorating long drink. But what we love to do with Gran Classico Bitter, is to use it to create a unique Negroni or Spritz without the usual fluorescent orange glow.
Tempus Fugit means “time flies”, and it certainly does when you’re drinking cocktails made with these beautifully packaged Swiss spirits. Tempus Fugit Spirits are dedicated to the art of the well-made cocktail. While most of us are prone to focus on the quality of the “main” spirit in a cocktail, such as gin, vodka, whisky, rum, etc., Tempus Fugit dedicate themselves to the rarer spirits or “modifiers” from the pre-Prohibition era, and these are the ones that can really make or break the classic cocktails. Many lesser producers often use unnatural colouring, industrial methods and artificial flavours knowing full well that most people won’t drink them neat and realise that they’re awful. But Tempus Fugit aren’t like that, they seek out long lost, centuries-old recipes and rare, high-quality ingredients, and lovingly combine them in a very old-school, small-batch production, just as it would have been done back in the day. This is the spirit of history.£5 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3163432
Style No.: 770162
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