Cardamaro is a most interesting Amaro. From Piemonte, producer Giovanni Bosca uses wine from his estate as the base for this amaro. He then infuses the wine with two very curious ingredients -- cardoon, which is a relative of the artichoke, and Blessed Thistle, which was once used in the middle ages to treat the bubonic plague. The distillate then rests in new oak for at least six months. The resulting spirit is less bitter than many amari, with a smooth, nutty, candied winter spice quality to it.