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Refrigerate or freeze amaros?

monopod May 3, 2012 08:20 AM

Do you keep amaros in the cabinet, fridge or freezer? I was sipping Meletti and Fernet after dinner last night (separately), and realized that I really prefer them both ice-cold, which made me wonder if I can store them in the freezer. Also, I wonder if they'll last longer (since I drink them very slowly) if stored there or in the fridge.

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  1. yarm RE: monopod May 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    Amaros are usually stable for long periods of time due to their high proof; any changes are often not noticeable (like if a few botanicals out of the dozens fades).

    The only worry about freezing is that some of the sugar might crash out and make rock candy on the bottle wall. Other than that, I see no reason. I have spotted Fernet chilled shot dispensers (not to mention Fernet served via chilled tapped lines) in town. And I know that there are chilled Jagermeister shot dispensers.


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    1. re: yarm
      EvergreenDan RE: yarm May 3, 2012 10:37 AM

      Good point on freezing. A low-proof amaro like Aperol might freeze solid, breaking the bottle. You could test a little in a plastic container before committing the bottle.

      Interestingly, Black Balsams is considered by Latvians to be too young until its been stored in the bottle for a year. I haven't compared new to old, but they may change somewhat over time, perhaps in a good way.

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      1. re: EvergreenDan
        davis_sq_pro RE: EvergreenDan May 3, 2012 10:43 AM

        So the moral of the story is to only buy bottles of Balsams if they're nice and dusty.

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          EvergreenDan RE: davis_sq_pro May 3, 2012 11:47 AM

          ... which they probably are ;)

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          JMF RE: EvergreenDan May 4, 2012 10:43 AM

          Black balsams really starts to improve at 5+ years. I have a 40 year old unopened bottle. But it feels like it may have evaporated.

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        craigasaurus RE: monopod Jul 23, 2012 11:28 AM

        Annoying pet peeve of mine, but "Amaro" is Italian, and is the singular form of the noun. The plural is "Amari." That is all, carry on.

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          monopod RE: craigasaurus Jul 24, 2012 08:13 AM

          Duly noted. Thanks.

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