The Contratto Fernet sold today is based on one of
the brandís original recipes, made of a base distilled from Barbera díAlba
grapes macerated with 33 herbs and spices, which include myrrh, chamomile,
saffron, fennel, aloe, anise, ginger, mint leaves, clover, rhubarb, licorice,
cinnamon, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper and more. Perhaps because of its lower alcohol
by volume and sweetness level, Contratto drinks more like a classic
sweeter amaro, yet is lighter in body and not at all syrupy. Note menthol on
the nose, and an overall smoothness.