A yellow, nutty variant of this popular Basque liqueur.
Based off an 1835 recipe, Izarra was created in the late 19th century by a botanist named Joseph Grattau. Izarra translates from Basque as “The Star”, and this liqueur certainly shines brightly in any drink.
Izarra is produced with a base of Armagnac, which is flavoured with prunes and walnut shells. A syrup of sugar and acacia honey is also added. Unlike its Green brother, the Yellow bottling is flavoured with saffron and places a greater emphasis on almonds, whilst forgoing the flavour of mint. The liqueur is matured for several months in oak casks.
The result is a sweet, nutty and slightly spicy liqueur, with a strong saffron note that lends an air of sophistication.
Refreshing served over ice or in a long drink, this also does well paired with whisky or gin.