First things first, you don’t have to be Italian to love limoncello. As a young man, my dad lived in Italy and speaks Italian. The result was that my childhood was commonly filled with dinner being announced with Ragazzi, andiamo! I don’t have any Italian heritage but both my wife, Lyndall and I have a deep love of Italy – you could call us Italophiles. So much so that we were married in Rome.
But my love of digestivi (after-dinner drinks) was developed on trips far earlier than our wedding. On one particular trip to Sicily, I discovered Amaro and some more spicy and complex handmade limoncellos. Part of our honeymoon saw us return to Sicily, and stay at an agriturismo filled with citrus groves and making some of the best limoncello I’ve ever tasted.
Upon return to Tasmania, I started researching growing lemons and found that unlike apples and cherries there isn’t a thriving citrus industry in Tassie. But, this hasn’t stopped countless families reaping the benefit of backyard lemon trees for generations. So in our neighbourhood of Moonah with abundant fruit, plus the outstanding family of distillers in Tasmania we started Osare.
Osare (pronounced o’ za-ray) in Italian, means to dare. Dare is both my son and my maternal grandfather’s middle name.
We produce Liquori, alcoholic drinks with natural flavours obtained through infusion, not to be confused with overly sweet liqueurs. Our aim is to extract the pure flavours of our island home in bottled form.
The limoncello we produce is intended to be hand-made with a simple process, so that every bottle can be shared with food, family and friends to bring back fond memories or make new ones.