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Maris Kalnins

Amber Beverage Group
Global Brand director Riga Black Balsam
Maris Kalnins is Global Brand Director for Riga Black Balsam, probably the oldest living bitter brand in the world crafted with passion since 1752.
Maris is proud to take care about such unique brand which holds almost 200 top awards from across the globe including several World Expo Grand Prix for quality and World Design Awards for packaging. But moreover - it has been named as the most unique brand by people in its country of origin - Latvia, North of Europe. Believe or not - more than a bottle of this pitch-black spirit is sold per each inhabitant (well, including kids and non-drinkers)... Maris believes that it is just a matter of time to do the same in United States as well.

Riga Black - all-natural botanicals, unique crafting process and secret recipe build its authentic versatile taste. Once it was introduced by 18th century pharmacist Kunze as a "magic elixir" for any disease and (a true story!) credited curing Russian empress Catherine the Great. Today it stands out among other bitters due its versatility - it is one of the rare bitters so loved by top bartending professionals for being an irreplaceable base spirit in cocktails. Today Riga Black is the official partner brand of International Bartenders Association and one of the top herbal bitter brands in each market it establishes its footprint.

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