Alcohol strength: 32% alc vol.
Shelf life: indefinite
Maraschino Luxardo is a classic. The typical straw coated bottle is by now a true icon on the mass consumption scenario. It is one of the very few liqueurs in the world produced by distillation. It is obtained from the marasca, a sour cherry variety exclusively cultivated by Luxardo. The distillate is allowed to mature for two years in Finnish ash vats (this wood does not lend its colour even after many years of maturing), and is then diluted and sugared.
Perfume: typical of marasca distillate, with an excellent intense aroma, fine and well amalgamated, without any aggressive note.
Taste: smooth but sharp, a sweet liqueur unusual for the punch of the distillate, which can be clearly perceived in spite of the moderate alcohol content. A rounded taste and a surprisingly persistent aroma.
Patented round bottle in green glass, with a red capsule and a hand fitted straw wrap-around. The label includes some of the many medals won in international competitions from the mid 19th century to the present. The rear label contains serving suggestions and legal wordings.
Neat or on the rocks as an after-dinner drink
With iced tonic water
Orange juice for a refreshing drink
Added to coffee
In mixed drinks, in the several coded international cocktails using Maraschino as an ingredient: Mary Pickford, Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, Screwdriver, Derby Royal, York Special, Dewey Flip, Cider Cobbler, Gilmore Punch, etc.
With fruits; pineapples, strawberries, sliced oranges, fruit salad, etc.
As flavour in confectionery and ice creams.
Spirit Journal – USA 2001 4 stars
Beverage Testing Institute – USA 2002 90/95 Superb
Wine Enthusiast Magazine – USA 2002 90/95 Best Buy
Wine Enthusiast Magazine – USA – 2008 - 90/95 Superb and highly recommended
Selected as one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2007 in the USA
International Spirits Challenge - London UK 2011 Bronze Medal
World Spirits Competition - S. Francisco USA 2011 Silver Medal