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Antica Distilleria Quaglia, Chinotto
The Chinotto liqueur is part of the Vintage Line from Quaglia. It is an absolutely delicious, but particular liqueur produced from the infusion of chinotto; a certain species of bittersweet orange which grows on plants similar to myrtle. The liqueur is a fiery, dark amber whose intense, enveloping aromas of citrus and spice are extremely warming and comforting. Elegant and flavoursome on the palate, this is a liqueur of finesse, composure and vibrancy with an opulent aftertaste of vanilla, rhubarb, dandelion and orange blossom. The bitterness is in perfect balance with the fruity, sweet core, making it an ideal ingredient for original cocktails, but it is also great to drink on its own over ice.
The chinottos in this liqueur are always fresh, handpicked and washed by hand as soon as they are gathered. In order to obtain the sugar and intense aromas of the fruit, it is infused in alcohol for over two months. Once all the aromas and flavours have been extracted, the fruit is pressed and the remaining alcohol infusion is then matured in neutral containers for over six months.
Founded in the late 1800’s, four generations of the Quaglia family have guided the business through more than a century of artisan production, modernising it where needed whilst cherishing the older, traditional methods of distilling. The distillery was established just after the Unification of Italy in 1871 between Monferrato and the hills towards Turin.
It was Giuseppe Quaglia, the knight, who first purchased the property and in 1906 built a well for water supply and an industrial-sized boiler to produce vapour. His son Carlo, took over the distillery in 1930 adopting and adapting the familial distilling secrets. His main aim was to improve the efficiency of the bottling department and in so doing, he increased the production capacity substantially. The third generation of Distilleria Quaglia (another Giuseppe), began to complement the ‘forward-thinking’ approach of his ancestors with a more traditional stance and methodology; in 1967 he started to produce particularly refined and highly-prized single-variety grappe but insisted they continue using the original stills from 60 years earlier. The great-grandson of the original Giuseppe (another Carlo!) is the most recent to take over the business. His enthusiasm for the exquisite quality of Quaglia products, is evident in his move to enrich the choice of rare, unique creations without ever overlooking the Distillery’s core values of artisanal excellence and the use of high-quality, natural primary products. These beautiful liqueurs and grappas have such purity of flavour, with a perfect balance of intensity and delicacy.