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DOCTOR_TUSCANY wrote a review Aug. 2015
Arezzo79 contributions43 helpful votes
Totally HANDMADE liquors with ancient recipes... all good but ELIXIR CHINA CALISAJA is astonishing!!!
The shop and the laboratory of production are located right on top of the historic town center, always in this ancient but simple building in front of the Carabinieri station. I know the owners (and unique workers ...) for many years, since I was selling hundreds of their bottles in my shop "Toscaneria" in Milan. I think they are a pair of psychopaths: still produce entirely by hand following recipes inherited who come 800, a small range of liqueurs (5,000 bottles per year ...). Above all stands the Elixir of China Calisaja: think that they pulverize the pieces of bark of cinchona tree by beating them by hand in an old bronze mortar with a so huge pestle (it seems to me grueling as slaves ... but that acquires a sense when you are told that this way you avoid heating during crushing of bark and then the degradation of the active principles ... and if you drink a sip after a local lunch made of wild boar you realize that the active ingredients for digestion are active, indeed, very active !!!), not to mention the cold dissolve the sugar in alcohol, various long infusions, filtrature, aging in oak barrels, etc. The result is still amazing and unique: you can really eat what you want and how much you like, with a small glass of this liqueur digestion is instantaneous (in Milan those who bought were mainly doctors ...). A huge 1 liter bottle here is 32 Euro and, believe me, using it as with care will made it endless ... and besides, the pleasure and effectiveness are invaluable. I recommend you visit with calm the whole store full of delicacies, but especially doing the rounds of tastings that Anna Maria and Nicola will offer more than willingly… all of their specialties: the China of course, but also the Liquor of the Shepherd (amazing too, milk and lemon ... try to put some in a bowl of ice cream ...), the Amarancia and Gentian. So, against my interest, because I sell it online on Tuscanyamodomio, definitely bring home a bottle of Elixir ...…
Date of experience: June 2015