What’s the difference between Cynar and Cynar 70?

Answered by Brandon Riddell

As an expert sommelier and brewer, I have had the opportunity to taste and compare both Cynar and Cynar 70. While they are both artichoke-based liqueurs, there are distinct differences between the two.

1. Proof: The most obvious difference is the proof. Cynar has an content of 16.5% ABV (alcohol by volume), while Cynar 70 boasts a higher proof at 35% ABV. This higher alcohol content in Cynar 70 gives it a more robust and pronounced flavor profile.

2. Bitterness: Cynar is known for its taste, which is derived from the artichoke and various botanicals used in its production. However, Cynar 70 is noticeably less bitter. The higher alcohol content in Cynar 70 helps to mellow out the bitterness, resulting in a smoother and more refined drinking experience.

3. Complexity: While Cynar is a delightful addition to , Cynar 70 is promoted as a standalone drink. This is because Cynar 70 has a more complex flavor profile that can be enjoyed on its own, rather than being overshadowed by other ingredients in a cocktail. The higher proof allows the flavors to shine through, with a depth and richness that is not as prevalent in the original Cynar.

4. Resolved: Another distinction between the two is the level of resolution in the flavors. Cynar 70 has a more resolved taste, meaning that the different components of the come together in a harmonious and balanced way. This is not to say that Cynar lacks resolution, but the higher proof version showcases a greater level of refinement.

Personal Experience:

During a tasting session, I had the opportunity to compare Cynar and Cynar 70 side by side. The difference was immediately apparent. The original Cynar had a bold bitterness that lingered on the palate, while Cynar 70 offered a smoother and more rounded taste. The higher alcohol content in Cynar 70 enhanced the flavors, allowing the artichoke and botanicals to come through without overpowering the palate.

In terms of serving, I found that Cynar was a fantastic addition to cocktails, adding depth and complexity. However, when sipping Cynar 70 on its own, I was able to appreciate the intricacies of the liqueur on a whole new level. The flavors were more pronounced, and the overall drinking experience was more enjoyable.

The difference between Cynar and Cynar 70 lies in their proof, bitterness, complexity, and resolution. While both versions have their merits, Cynar 70 stands out as a more refined and versatile drink, suitable for both sipping on its own and mixing in cocktails.