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Leopold Bros. is an independently owned distillery founded by brothers Todd and Scott Leopold. Founded in 1999 in An Arbor, MI, in the mid-2000s, Todd and Scott relocated Leopold Bros. operations from Michigan to their home state of Colorado to focus solely on distilling; they built their own distillery in 2014. They use only the highest quality ingredients from family farms and orchards like the rye fields located only twenty-five miles north of their distillery, the barley growing in Colorado's San Luis Valley, the Palisade peaches on Colorado's Western Slope, and more.
In line with the traditional Italian style, this spirit centers around major flavor components: bitterness from gentian root and sweetness from cane sugar. Citrus is the third major component, so they add distilled coriander and grapefruit peels to give Leopold Bros. Aperitivo a bright, citrus aroma. They mix these components with a variety of fragrant flowering botanicals, including hyssop and Artemsia pontica. The spirit is colored with natural cochineal, which adds the vibrant red color that one expects from a traditional Aperitivo as it has been used in spirits for hundreds of years.
First release: 2015
24% ABV / 48 Proof
Good to Know: Bottles may contain natural botanical sediment. To disperse sediment, simply turn bottle upside down 1-2 times before opening.