- ABV: 30%, Style: Myrtle liquor
- Produced and bottled in Muravera, Sardinia, IT
- Served: 20ml poured into a Stolichnaya shot glass
This was gifted to my folks by a native Sardinian. He recommended that they pour it over ice cream and served it to me that way. I just figured it was a herbal bitter when I tasted it as it was so tart in comparison to the ice cream.
Having finally tried it on its own, I’ve changed my mind about it, but I’m still going to review it here as a side-by-side with other more botanical digestifs because I only worked out it wasn’t a proper herbal bitters after I did some research! The ingredients here are simply Myrle berries in an alcohol infusion, with a honey and sugar late addition to take the edge off the bitterness.
Looks: Dark rum coloured liquid with plum hints. It’s a little hazy. Big legs as to be assumed for 30%.
Aroma: Very fruity, lots of alcohol and some honey. Since those are the only 3 ingredients, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Taste: Tangy, blueberry flavour and perfume are apparent before a wave of honey comes and covers any underlying bitterness. Very sweet.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming and dry.
Overall: Very fruity, very sweet. I think this is more like a mead than a botanical. Not sure that it achieves the “soft velvety taste” that the website says the makers aim for! Don’t think I’ll be seeking out Mirto again any time soon. 2.5/5
- 10th December 2012, Sustainable Alcoholic