‘Castagno’ translates from Italian as ‘Chestnut’, and reveals something about how this grappa has been made.
The spirit is distilled in the traditional manner from grape pomace in small bain-marie stills. After distillation, roasted and chopped chestnuts from Piedmont are marinated in the spirit for six months before the mixture is separated, and the grappa is matured for a further five years in 225 litre chestnut wood barrels.
The end result is a nutty, sweet spirit with notes of chestnuts, hazelnuts, soft oak, sweet grapes, raisins, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, dried flowers, and sandalwood.
Deliciously different, this would do very well served after dinner.