ABV boost for Italian sambuca

• The Opal Nera range is now 38% ABV.

SAMBUCA brand Opal Nera has been relaunched with a higher ABV.

The range of Italian sambucas, which had its ABV lowered to 30% in 2011, will now be sold at the higher strength of 38% ABV.
The revamped range will include Opal Nera 38% Black Sambuca and Elderberries & Opal Sambuca 38%.
Nick Rodgers, head of Instill Drinks Co – a trading division of Bibendum Wine which took over distribution of Opal Nera in 2013, said the lower ABV had “left consumers confused”.
Opal Nera is said to have been created by Italian distiller Alessandro Francoli over 25 years ago as what’s claimed to be the world’s first black Sambuca. The sambuca is said to use elderberries for both flavour and colour.