Amaro Montenegro was once again honored with a Gold medal in the Bitters category at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), which sets worldwide benchmarks for quality and excellence in wines, spirits and liqueurs.
The award marks the second year in a row that Amaro Montenegro has secured this prestigious distinction, further cementing its standing as the world’s best liqueur.
The IWSC Gold medal follows Amaro Montenegro’s recent awards at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where the brand received top accolades in the form of Best in Show Liqueur, Best Herbal and Botanical Liqueur, and a rare Double Gold medal.
The IWSC is one of the most coveted awards in the spirits industry, annually receiving entries from more than 90 countries. Submissions undergo a rigorous two-stage judging process, including a double blind taste test and a detailed chemical analysis to ensure integrity and consistency.
The award-winning bitter-sweet flavor of Amaro Montenegro begins with the cultivation and extraction of 40 botanicals collected from around the globe, preserved at a controlled temperature and humidity and crushed only moments before they enter the extraction phase.
Three different methods are used to extract the essence of each botanical: boiling, maceration, and distillation to create Amaro Montenegro’s signature blend. This process is overseen by Master Herbalist, Dr. Matteo Bonoli, who ensures every batch just as the brand’s founder, Stanislao Cobianchi, did back in 1885.