September 27, 2007

New Booze Arrives - Averna and Christiania

Have we mentioned we like getting in new booze for review? If we haven't...we do. We just got in two new bottles of very disparate types of liquor, and we couldn't be more fired up to give 'em a shot. That's us skipping, over there on the right.*

Averna Amaro Siciliano
We don't know much about Averna, but considering it's called "Amaro," we fully expect it to be something like the grandpa of amaretto. We'll keep you posted. Until we can, learn more, dig up some info on your own at

Christiania Vodka
What we do know about Christiania is that it A) contains potatoes (we don't know what's special about the Trondeleag variety but we'll look into it), 2) involves Nordic water (go Vikings!), and D) named after a famous Norwegian king. And there we have it...intriguing as all hell. More at

* ok, so we lied - the image from this story was stolen acquired from

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 27, 2007 10:37 PM
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I and my panel of co-tasters describe Averna, and a number of other Italian Amari, here:

Hope that helps.

Posted by: peterb at September 28, 2007 7:36 AM

Argh, bad copy/paste -- the second link for the Amari tasting should be


Posted by: Nat at September 27, 2007 11:11 PM

"Amaro" in the name of Averna simply means that it's an Italian bitter apertif or digestive liquer; the general class is called Amari.

There's actually a pretty good writeup of an Amari tasting that a friend of mine ran in Pittsburgh a few years ago that talks about Averna and several others, in two parts:

Posted by: Nat at September 27, 2007 11:10 PM
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