This famous Italian liqueur was first created by a wine merchant, Guiseppe Alberti of Benevento (the town of witches fame) in 1860. However, it was his sons who first marketed the Strega Liqueur which is flavoured with over 70 different botanicals.
The ingredients, which come from Europe, Central America and the Orient include: cinnamon from Ceylon, juniper from Italian Appennino, wild mint from river banks around Benevento, cloves, star anise, white pepper, orris root, nutmeg and saffron (which gives the liqueur its vivid yellow hue).
The botanicals are macerated in grain alcohol to create an infusion and this is distilled in traditional swan neck alembic pot stills. The liqueurs golden color comes from saffron which is added together with sugar syrup during blending. Liquore Strega is then matured for several months in wood prior to bottling.
‘Strega’ is Italian for ‘witch’, so named because witches are reputed to have held a coven every Saturday night on the banks of the River Sabato in Benevento, just north of Naples where they danced around a gigantic walnut tree. They are also said to have made a love potion, which would ensure that any couple drinking it would remain in love.
Invented in Italy in 1860, Strega is a classic herb-based liqueur that achieves its bright yellow colour not from nasty e-numbers but through the addition of saffron – one of around 70 herbs in the recipe. Strega is a popular Italian digestif. It is made with a variety of herbs and spices (around 70) including mint, fennel and saffron (from which it gets its yellow colour). Spicy and minty, it is a great liqueur. The word “Strega” means “Witch” in Latin.
Clear, bright canary yellow.
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Lightly syrupy with dried mint leaves, menthol, lemon zest, vanilla, aniseed, pine and spearmint. Distinct palma violet floral notes.
Menthol, spearmint, peppermint and piney freshness.
A complex herbal liqueur with fresh breath minty menthol, génépi, vanilla, honey and pine. A great digestive after a meal.