Marka Cask Matured Norwegian Bitters
50cl / 35%
Marka is a Norwegian-style digestive bitters from Oslo Håndverksdestilleri, the first distillery to open in Norway since 1927. A blend of 16 botanicals including juniper, gentian, wormwood and angelica, this is best enjoyed either with tonic water or in the traditional Norwegian manner – with beer, including sweeter amber ales or lower-strength Belgian beers. This pairs well with games, duck or roast beef, as well as on its own as a digestif.
Marka Cask Matured Norwegian Bitters Reviews
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom
Nose: Exotic and spiced, there’s touches of laurel oiliness, bog myrtle and a gentle, fleshed out, citric sweetness. This then broadens into a sweet/sour/bitter complex melange of roots, herbs, and spices. Heady. In time, it rises into a menthol area, while at the same time digging itself into the moistened earth. Complex in other words.
Palate: Very intense and drier than the nose suggests but with enough of a rounded palate to balance. This is a cleansing draft, with the dusty, forest floor flavours of gentian and calamus held in check by subtle sweetness and that citric element.
Finish: The bitter notes come through but that balance is always well maintained. I like it.