A 1980s bottling of Chinato from the Barolo region in Piedmont in the north of Italy, produced by Zabaldano. Chinato was created in the late 19th century as a remedy for various illnesses, including flu and is a made by blending herbs and spices with Barolo wine and sugar.
A bottle of Milan-based Bisleri's Ferro-China. It was created by Felice Bislieri, who in addition to making liqueurs was a pharmacist and a freedom fighter under Garibaldi. It is an alcohol infusion with cinchona bark, herbs and iron salts. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
An old bottle of China Fra Martino from Italian producer Groppi. Pronounced 'kee-ner' as it's named after the chinaroot, a natural source of quinine contained in the recipe, rather than the country. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
Byrrh is a wine-based aperitif created in 1866. Made from red wine, mistelle and quinine, it was very popular until the Second World War, when it was overtaken by classic dessert wines. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
An old bottling of Fernet Branca, bottled in 1967. A bitter, aromatic Italian spirit, Fernet Branca was created in Milan in 1845 as a stomach medicine. Made using a secret family recipe with 27 herbs emanating form 5 different continents and aged for a year in oak.