During the mid of the 18th century (December 1745), an expert herbalist cenobite monk created a liqueur using aromatic herbs. Herbs were masterly mixed and brewed with pure alcohol and then distilled.
An exceptional elixir was obtained, with a pleasant taste and outstanding digestive properties (when drunk on its own). It becomes a superb aperitif when soda, dry sparling white wine or citrus juice is added.
Chromel has been appreciated throughout the centuries, and it has been awarded prizes in both national and international exhibitions. It received 3 bronze medals, 2 silver medals, 10 gold medals, 6 crosses of honor and a cup of honor (by way of example: the permanent exhibitions of Naples in 1897 and 1898, the international exhibition of Bordeaux in 1897, the international exhibition of Nice in 1899, the international exhibition of Paris in 1900, the exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London in 1907, the international exhibition of Brussels in 1909 and the Universal exhibition of Buenos Aires in 1911). In addition, the product has been mentioned in several editions of the well-known scientific dictionary Melzi. It has also been used to create excellent desserts.
The Second World War negatively affected the production and distribution of the liqueur. However, production has continued over the years, even if it was significantly reduced.
During the Sixties, Filippo De Blasio, a small entrepreneur from Pontelandolfo (Benevento, Italy) acquired the brand and the original recipe. He continued to produce the liqueur until 1980.
Nowadays, Chromel is produced thanks to the tenacity of the partners of Distilleria Filippo De Blasio e C. S.r.l., who believe that such an excellence should not be lost. The current production is based on the manufacturing rules and ingredients of the original recipe, as it has been handed down along the centuries.
Chromel has recently obtained great success during the ‘Degustazione alla Cieca’ exhibition. On this occasion, the liqueur was judged by two of the best sommelier in the world: Andreas Larsson (Best Sommelier of the World, 2007) and Markus Del Monego (Best Sommelier of the World, 1998). It received very gratifying comments.
Filippo De Blasio e C. s.r.l. Distillery is committed to create also other high quality products, including the following: Chromel Ciock, a chocolate cream with the aroma of the sublime distillate Chromel. They also produce grappa and brandies using marcs from the excellent vines from Sannio and Irpinia regions (Aglianico, Falanghina, Greco and Taurasi).