Zoranj Anme (Orange Liqueur), Ayiti Bitters Co.
Labbé and Dupré Barbancourt began distilling rum in Haiti from locally sourced clairin in 1862. In 1870, the brothers split to create their own distilling companies: Dupré founded Rhum Barbancourt and Labbé founded Jane Barbancourt Co., affectionately named after his granddaughter. Over time, the company’s name evolved to Berling S.A. and is today run by Jane’s grandson, Herbert Barbancourt Lingé.
Berling S.A. continues to advocate for artisanal Haitian spirits, either through distillation or sourcing and bottling a wide variety of expressions. Ayiti Bitters Co. is a collaboration between Berling S.A. and High Road Spirits that endeavors to bring attention to the rich flora and fauna of Haiti.
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The best-known brands of orange liqueurs operate orange plantations in Haiti. The bright, bitter, and spicy species, Citrus aurantium, is believed to have been brought to the island in 1492 and citrus has thrived there ever since – a silver lining in the dark cloud Columbus brought to Hispaniola.
Local rum forms the base of Zoranj Anmè, sweetened by cane juice reduced over fires fueled by the spent cane after it is pressed. The liqueur is infused with the peels of bitter, curaçao, and sour oranges, imparting unparalleled brightness with natural spice and bitterness. 35% ABV