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Symphony of 34 herbs

More than 150 years of history

ALPESTRE, the pure herb distillate has an ancient history.

It was created in 1857 by Friar Emanuel a Marist priest to cure his sick brethren, in fact, to this day, it is still made with a secret recipe.

ALPESTRE is made with 34 herbs, without any sugar or additives.

Products

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4 year Riserva

Medicinal herb and plant distillate

70cl bottle

44% vol

Origin: Italy-Carmagnola (Turin)

It has a pleasant and perfumed taste of herbs. It is an absolutely natural and precious distillate that is best appreciated by sipping it, in small doses, from a glass that will enhance its olfactory and aromatic qualities and infuse all the beneficial virtues of purely distilled fresh herbs. Alpestre is an excellent digestive. It can be drank straight after a good meal, even warmed and is magnificent in coffee. Thanks to its relaxing properties, we advise it be drank lying down with water and honey, like a herbal tea in the evening before going to bed.

 

It is the pure distillate of 34 medicinal aromatic, digestive, tonic, refreshing, antiseptic herbs among which there are thyme, absinthe, lavender, angelica, fennel, tansy, sage, mint, balm, hyssop, lemon balm and camomile.

Expert herbalists cultivate the herbs in the fields next to the distillery until they are perfectly mature. The distillate is made with a secret method ever since 1857 so that all the active principles of the plants are extracted completely and unaltered.

Alpestre is then left to age for a long time in Slavonia oak barrels, placed in the large cellars in Carmagnola, and then finally bottled, as pure as it comes out of the barrel, without sugar, colouring or other additives.

 

It has a pleasant and perfumed taste of herbs. It is an absolutely natural and precious distillate that is best appreciated by sipping it, in small doses, from a glass that will enhance its olfactory and aromatic qualities and infuse all the beneficial virtues of purely distilled fresh herbs.

Alpestre is an excellent digestive. It can be drank straight after a good meal, even warmed and is magnificent in coffee. Thanks to its relaxing properties, we advise it be drank lying down with water and honey, like a herbal tea in the evening before going to bed.

 

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Riserva Speciale 1983

30 year old vintage medicinal herb and plant distillate

70cl bottle in a fine wooden box

49,5% vol

Origin: Italy-Carmagnola (Turin)

The 1983 Special Reserve is an Alpestre especially selected for its exceptional quality and ageing in our cellars in Carmagnola.

Each vintage bottle has different olfactory and taste characteristics. During its prolonged ageing process Alpestre becomes a meditation elixir.

The tasting reveals intoxicating and complex herb and oak aromas that evoke fantasies of ancient and mysterious herbal extracts with magical properties.

It is the pure distillate of 34 medicinal aromatic, digestive, tonic, refreshing, antiseptic herbs among which there are thyme, absinthe, lavender, angelica, fennel, tansy, sage, mint, balm, hyssop, lemon balm and camomile.

Expert herbalists cultivate the herbs in the fields next to the distillery until they are perfectly mature. The distillate is made with a secret method ever since 1857 so that all the active principles of the plants are extracted completely and unaltered.

Alpestre Riserva Speciale 1983 has aged for 10 years in Slavonia oak barrels in our cellars in Carmagnola and then finally bottled, as pure as it comes out of the barrel, without sugar, colouring or other additives. Each vintage bottle has different olfactory and taste characteristics. During its prolonged ageing process Alpestre becomes a meditation elixir.

 

The tasting reveals intoxicating and complex herb and oak aromas that evoke fantasies of ancient and mysterious herbal extracts with magical properties. It is an absolutely natural and precious distillate that is best appreciated by sipping it, in small doses, from a glass that will enhance its olfactory and aromatic qualities and infuse all the beneficial virtues of purely distilled fresh herbs.

Alpestre is an excellent digestive. It can be drank straight after a good meal, even warmed and is magnificent in coffee. Thanks to its relaxing properties, we advise it be drank lying down with water and honey, like a herbal tea in the evening before going to bed.

We advise serving this  30 year rare reserve in a small calice for the tasting of Grappa.

150 of History

Discover the history of the Alpestre brand

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1857, the origins

ALPESTRE has an ancient history. It begins in France, in an hermitage on the Gier river.

It was 1857 when Friar Emanuel, a Marist priest, expert connoisseur of the therapeutical virtues of herbs, developed  the precious recipe that united the beneficial properties of 34 different herbs in a sapient formula  that encloses the secret of a GREAT distillate.

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The “Arquebuse dell’Hermitage”

ALPESTRE was once called the “Arquebuse dell’Hermitage”. From the very first years it had a great success also thanks to its beneficial principles. In fact the French government requested the precious product to send to its soldiers in the colonies, to be used as a first aid remedy.

The name “Arquebuse” came from the use of the distillate to cure wounds provoked by the enemy’s arquebuses.  The Hermitage was the place where it was made.

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1904, Carmagnola

After the emanation of anticlerical laws at the beginning of the 1900s in France, the priests move to Carmagnola near Turin taking the art and secret of the preparation jealously handed down from one generation to the next with them. Here, in 1904, they establish today’s distillery of ALPESTRE.

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1929, Alpestre

In time, the “Arquebuse” became so successful that many copies and counterfeits were made. For this reason, besides the prohibition during Fascism to use foreign names, that the friars decided to change its name to ALPESTRE.

Scientia Officinalis

ALPESTRE is a hydroalcoholic distillate of medicinal herbs and plants. It is febrifugal, digestive, tonic, refreshing, antiseptic and naturally aromatic. It is prepared according to a secret recipe so that all the active principles of the plants are extracted completely and unaltered.

Today, as was back in the day, expert herbalists cultivate the 34 aromatic and medicinal herbs until they are perfectly mature.

After the careful harvest and expert dosage, the 34 herbs are first left to macerate and then accurately distilled.

To make the beneficial aromatic properties of the plants concentrate in the liquor, ALPESTRE is left to age for at least 10 years in traditional Slavonia oak barrels.

ALPESTRE is then bottled as pure as it comes out of the barrel, without sugar or additives.

Anthemis Nobilis

A kind of camomile , famous for its lightly sedative and antispasmodic action. It is ideal for favouring the digestive function in a totally natural way.

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Hyssopus Officinalis

Hyssopus Officinalis

Used for its balsamic, stimulant and anti-cellulite virtues.

Angelica Silvestris

Appreciated for its tonic-stimulating, depurative and digestive properties. It was already known in ancient times for its invigorating and digestive beneficial effects.

Angelica Silvestre
Verbena

Verbena Officinalis

The “sacred herb” now known as Verbena is appreciated for its tonic and depurative properties.

Ocimum Basilicum


Also called “royal herb”, it has digestive and aromatic virtues.

Ocimum
Salvia

Salvia Officinalis

It is used in cooking for its aromatic properties. It has medicinal qualities: it is stimulating, helps blood circulation, it is a strong tonic and favours digestion.

Hypericum Perforatum

In ancient times, hypericum was considered a plant with magical virtues, and was also called “scacciadiavoli”. Today it is known for its balsamic and relaxing properties.

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mentha

Mentha Piperita

Excellent for its tonic and stimulating characteristics, for its aromatic properties and for favouring digestion.

How and when to consume it

The beneficial virtues of Alpestre instil health and wellbeing today as in ancient times.

Aromatic with honey

Drinking Alpestre with honey exalts its beneficial effects. It should be prepared in a warm glass with one portion of Alpestre and a teaspoon full of honey.

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Medicinal coffee

Add one part Alpestre to a cup of espresso coffee and a little bit of sugar.

Alpestre Infusion

Add some warm sugared water to a glass of Alpestre that gives an immediate beneficial effect.

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The Alpestre “Grolla”

Add Alpestre to a long coffee, with sugar and a fresh orange rind. Serve in the “Grolla” multiplying the dose according to the number of people.

Mixology

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D-Punch Alpestre

- 5 cl of Alpestre 10 year reserve
- 15 ml (1 tea spoon of agaves nectar)
- as an alternative, use cane sugar syrup 
- 2 ice cubes
- lime

A revisited version of the French Caribbean’s most popular drink: the TI-Punch.  A legend in the French West Indies.  This version is named after the powerful digestive properties of the ingredient on which Alpestre is based for this D-Punch. It is an exceptional after meal that recalls the convivial and meditative philosophy of the original version.

Preparation

Pour a teaspoon of agaves nectar in a tasting glass (20cl), add two ice cubes, 5 cl of Alpestre 10 year reserve and a twist of lime. Decorate with a mint leaf.

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Alpestre Mule

- 5 cl of Alpestre 10 year reserve
- Ginger Beer
- ice
- lime

A revisited version of the Moscow Mule. It goes back to 1941 and is considered one of the historic cocktails of the American tradition, one of the cocktails that most contributed to the development of mixed drinks in the United States. It has made a recent comeback from the annals of the cocktails that were most famous in America more than fifty years ago.  This variation, distinguishes itself for the perfect union between the aromas of the precious distillate and the pungent taste of ginger, prime ingredient of the Ginger Beer, creating a unique and thirst-quenching mixture.

Preparation

Pour 5 cl of Alpestre 10 year reserve in a highball glass full of ice, squeeze 2/4 of lime and fill with ginger beer. Before serving the Alpestre Mule cocktail, mix well with a bar spoon and decorate with lime.

Historic Gallery

Alpestre tells itself from 1857 to today.

Pictures, old adverts and the precious historic bottles.

Alpestre – Restyling 2014

Emilio Onesti, the depositary of the history of Alpestre

Alpestre Poster – Eighties

Tisana Maristi

San Giuseppe Carmagnola Distillery advertisement

Arquebuse advertisement – 1927

Arquebuse advertising page – 1923

Arquebuse advertisement – Twenties

Illustrations by Raffaele Boschini – Arquebuse style Bitter Campari

Historic document Italiana Alpestre – S.p.A. – 1946

Arquebuse advertisement – 1928

Arpa Arquebuse Hermite liquor advertisements -1928

Italiana Alpestre S.p.A. sales invoice- 1942

Alpestre Mignon – Fifties

Alpestre Grand Prix -1948

San Giuseppe Carmagnola Distillery advertisement – 50s

Alpestre barrel N°3 – Dated 28th September 1995

Bitter Tiziano Mignon – Fifties

Mignon Alpestre – Attilio Ippoliti’s private collection

Hermite Mignon – Sixties

Alpestre advertisement – Fifties

Alpestrina Mignon – Fifties

Mignon Alpestre

Alpestre advertisement – Fifties

Alpestre – Forties

Mignon Arquebuse & Alpestre – Attilio Ippoliti’s private collection

Alpestre – Sixties

Alpestre Mignon – Sixties

Exhibitor for miniature pocket size bottles of Alpestre

Hermite – Nineties

Alpestre – Riserva 1951

Alpestrina – Nineties

Alpestre – 1983 Special Reserve

Hermite Mignon – Fifties

Hermite – Gran Cordiale Italiano

Fiamma Verde

Alpestre – 2000s

Alpestre Poster 2015

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