Brucato Woodlands Amaro
Brucato was founded by Sierra and James Clark. Sierra comes to the endeavor with a background in food and drink writing and academia — she holds a PhD in Food Studies, focusing her studies on spirits. They have built the recipes carefully, starting with 200 individual infusions of fruits, herbs, and spices, sourced from small farms or foraged where possible. They are deeply involved in all steps of the process, down to hand-peeling citrus and applying neck labels by hand.
The live oak woodlands that line the California coast fill with fog in the mornings and dappled sunlight in the afternoon. The canopy provides shade for huckleberries and hawthorn, and protection for blossoming elderberries.
Brucato Woodlands’ dominant ingredients are elderberry, cocoa nibs, black fig, and citrus. The taste is all dark fruits and berries, with a distinctly chocolaty undertone, and a woodsy bitterness at the finish. Bottled at 22.1% abv.