Sanpellegrino Chinotto

Chinotto are cit­rus fruits that resemble small oranges known for their sour and bit­ter taste. This same fruit also fla­vours a quint­es­sen­tially Italian car­bon­ated soft drink called chinotto. The soft drink is found bottled in IGAs or in cans like this Sanpellegrino Chinotto in some stores of major super­mar­kets.

The soft drink is a trans­lu­cent deep brown col­our with a spicy cit­rus nose and mod­er­ate car­bon­a­tion. Served chilled, sweet cit­rus notes — recall­ing a sharp­er blood orange — come through with a hint of cin­na­mon before a prom­in­ent bit­ter­ness devel­ops in the body with a gentle sweet­ness to leave a bit­ter­sweet fin­ish and linger­ing after­taste.

Chinotto, by all accounts, is an acquired taste for those that aren’t sens­it­ive to bit­ter­ness. For D who is very sens­it­ive to bit­ter fla­vours, he describes it as one of the worst drinks he’s encountered dur­ing his child­hood and again more recently. He can­not get the bit­ter fla­vour off his pal­ate fast enough. For me, though, I enjoy a hint of bit­ter­ness and find that chinotto grows on me over time, although it’s still not some­thing I can guzzle.

This can of Sanpellegrino Chinotto con­tained 330 ml. It was bottled in Italy and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.