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May 20, 2008 10:55 AM

Fernet-Branca versus Ramazzotti Amaro

Accustomed to Ramazzotti Amaro, can I easily make a transition over to Fernet-Branca ?
I don't know the consistency or flavor of the Fernet-Branca and was hoping someone here could inform me how it compares to the Amaro. TIA.

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  1. I haven't tried Amaro.. but Fernet is very popular in Argentina.. I've had it there -- and wanted to spit it across the room. To me it was very bitter and medicinal.

    I have a palate that does not like bitter -- so if you like bitter, you might find it enjoyable.

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    1. re: karmalaw

      I try to be open for new things, but Fernet just hit me as Vicks 44 with a shot of everclear.

    2. I have not tried the Fernet Branca as I have heard reports (even from bartenders I trust) that it tastes incredibly bitter. I personally like Averna Amaro, sometimes preferring it to the Ramazotti (which sometimes is too sweet and licorice-y for me). Averna has a drier finish and less sweet taste. Cheers!

      1. I really enjoy Fernet, it's a great addition to many cocktails and I enjoy it plain too. It's refreshing on a hot day or after working a lot. If I'm having it plain I usually will sip like a cordial or shoot it like a shot. While I'm not going to be that helpful comparing it to Ramazzotti, I do like having a bottle handy. I believe in Italy and Argentina they mix it with Coca-Cola.

        1. Even though it's not the same, I tend to treat it like Campari and mix it with soda. It's wonderful stuff, but I wasn't initially enamored with it. Mixing it with soda can really ease you into it. However, if you don't like bitter anything, this really isn't for you.

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          1. re: invinotheresverde

            Funny, I don't get a bitter taste so much as an astringent one.

            1. re: sailormouth

              Interesting. I see the astringent aspect, but I definitely get a healthy dollop of bitter.

                1. re: sailormouth

                  There's only one sure way to solve this: Fernet drinkathon! First round's on me. :)

          2. I didn't love the taste of Fernet for a long time, but drank it anyway because it's such an effective digestif. Over time, I have come to love the taste (though I still don't like Branca Menta). I like Ramazzotti, too. I generally keep a dozen or so amari and other potable bitters on my bar for variety. A short pour of potable bitters sipped neat, maybe chilled slightly, is one of my favorite ways to finish a meal.