Saturday, May 26, 2018

Vajra Barolo Chinato

Chinato takes its name from China, the Italian word for Cinchona, the tree from which quinine is extracted from the bark.   The bark of this tree is one of the principal flavourings of Barolo Chinato, along with gentian root, camomile, cardamom and cloves.

G.D. Vajra Barolo Chinato...$58.99
"G.D. Vajra launched in 1972, when the Vaira family established their vineyard the highest village in the Barolo region. Their version of Barolo chinato has a mysterious aroma and taste, which brings to mind souks and camels laden with herbs and spices (particularly clove). I can’t exactly explain this—especially since the family says it chiefly uses alpine herbs native to Italy. It’s a strongly herbal drink, but expresses itself as a counter to an herbal liqueur like, say, Chartreuse. Chartreuse is all piccolo; Vajra is all sousaphone." -

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