A shining jewel on the northwestern coast of Italy, the Mediterranean town of Savona is known as the “Town of Chinotto”
Over 300 years ago, the Chinotto plant was brought to Savona from China by a Savonese sailor. The unique climate created by the proximity of the mountains to the sea made Savona the perfect environment for the this plant to thrive, and this charming Italian town became its new home. The bitter citrus of the plant came to be highly regarded among navigators, who believed it was an amulet that protected them from diseases and danger on the high seas.
The Chinotto plant’s flowers are abundant and delicately scented, and the leave and fruit peel contain oils often used in fine perfumery and cosmetics. The citrus is quite bitter when freshly picked but can be transformed into delicious candied delicacies and drinks when properly processed.
Marco Abaton, a perfumer from Savona, uses this ionic citrus to honor his hometown with the creation of three fragrances that enhance the olfactory notes of this celebrated fruit:
- Chinotto Gourmand is joyful and energizing, the vibrant citrus notes of the ripe chinotto mingled with delicate orange blossom lead into a sweet and enveloping heart of vanilla and caramel for a warm and addictive finish.
- Chinotto Dark is a bitter-sweet delight. A fresh citrus opening blended with the crisp leaves of the green chinotto fruit melt into a liqueur infused balsamic heart, while a hint of intoxicating absinthe, aromatic juniper and smoky incense provide a seductive base.
- Fior di Chinotto is an exclusive and extraordinary essence made with compelling care and craftmanship. The flowers of the Chinotto are slowly collected, and a patient wait for the finest petals of four harvests creates an inimitable fragrance of superlative taste and wisdom.
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