Royal Vallet Amargo-Vallet Angostura Liqueur
Amargo-Vallet is a 90-proof bitter liqueur made from angostura bark and a maceration of cherry fruits, cloves, and other roots and spices. Herbal notes of bittersweet dark chocolate and citrus rind balance an earthy richness to create this world-class elixir.
Monsieur Henri Vallet emigrated to Mexico from France during the brief reign of Maximillian, the ill-fated European monarch who was deposed by Mexican nationalists three short years after his 1864 ascent as Emperor of Mexico. Like other French emigres of the era, Monsieur Henri Vallet chose to remain in his adopted homeland, and by the 1880s had emerged as Mexico City's preeminent distiller of liqueurs and elixirs, including these two that today continue to be crafted according to his specific recipes and formulation guidelines.
First prepared by 13th century Italian monks as herbal medicines and elixirs, Liqueurs are distilled spirits that have been combined with flavoring agents. A range of herbs, spices, nuts, fruits and flowers can be used, and a sweetener such as sugar or corn syrup is often added. While typically rather sweet, some examples are herbaceous or tart and pair exceptionally well with desserts or act as a delightful addition to cocktails.