Filed under: Spirits
But I like to be able to offer my dinner guests a selection of digestifs to go with dessert. And when traveling in Europe, I love to dine at a family-run trattoria in Italy or bistro in France where management offers a knowing patron a quaff of some obscure local or regional liqueur--or even better, one that the proprietor has lovingly created and aged in some aged barrel in his cellar.
It is in this quest that I came across Root Premium Liqueur, a creation of a Pennsylvania company called Art In The Age. The bottle and product information offers that this bittersweet digestiv is derived from 13 herbs, spices, root extracts and other ingredients. Root, at 80-proof and distilled from sugar-cane, reminds me a good deal of another favorite herbal liqueur, the Hungarian Zwack digestiv, which can be found at better wine and liquor stores.
The company describes Root as essentially the alcoholic pre-cursor to well-made root beer. It is a good descriptor. Root is not a sweet elixir. And it ought not be confused with root beer infused vodka. What I think of as root beer is definitely a big part of the flavor profile, but so is anise, orange peel and other ingredients meant to keep Root on the right side of "herbal" and "bitter."
Distribution is still mostly within Pennsylvania, but it can be ordered online at http://www.hitimewine.net/istar.asp?a=6&id=167620!1478 for $32.99.