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Drink Review: Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth

From Carpano, home of the first ever vermouth, this highly sought-after red vermouth is made to an original recipe dating from 1786. Your Manhattans will never be the same again.

Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth Review:

Palate: Sweet & fruity, with a seductive vanilla flavour.

Sweet & fruity, with a seductive vanilla flavour. Appearance: A rich, intense shade of red, closely resembling the original dispensed by the 1790s-era Carpano family in the Veneto region of Lombardy, Italy.

A rich, intense shade of red, closely resembling the original dispensed by the 1790s-era Carpano family in the Veneto region of Lombardy, Italy. Aroma: The nose is redolent of a source of intense and rich notes; the unmistakable aromas of radicchio tossed with truffle, rounded off by the aroma of wine.

The nose is redolent of a source of intense and rich notes; the unmistakable aromas of radicchio tossed with truffle, rounded off by the aroma of wine. Taste: Antica’s taste is redolent of honey, vanilla, blackcurrant and dark plum; infinitely complex, with the notes lingering in the palate and the back of the throat.

Antica’s taste is redolent of honey, vanilla, blackcurrant and dark plum; infinitely complex, with the notes lingering in the palate and the back of the throat. Finish: Very long, with trace elements of almond.

Very long, with trace elements of almond. Suggestion: A drink in itself… the perfect velvety foil for something a little stronger.

Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth Review:

A full-bodied vermouth with a richly aromatic balanced taste, containing the original ingredients, which include coriander, cinchona trees and gentian

A sweet, seductive and velvety, harmonious red drink. The caramelly notes ignite a liquid that is luxury in its elegance, very stylish, feels incredibly decadent, and in the very best tradition, is intensely, quietly and simply devoid of the most pervasive and bothersome characteristics. Even the bottle is redolent of unimpassioned originality; a simple yet elegant coloured glass container that depicts the Venetian flag with kanji letters.

The gold-coloured wine has come out just as it was in the 1790s, an international “first-class” product, “well-distributed”, and definitely “well-smelling”. The taste is soft and velvety, with a slightly tart edge; almost fruit-forward, although it certainly doesn’t smother. The spirit used is predominantly the same as my previous drink; absolutely the best, with no aftertastes.

A very well-made drink, accompanied with good company, is probably a good way to forget the shortcomings of our disorganised entertainment culture.

In the meantime, Carpano Antica Vermouth is the sort of drink that changes the flavour of all other drinks. A drink to be analysed, appreciated and taken with pleasure.

Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth Review:

A wine made by the Carpano family in the Veneto region of Italy drew a big fan in the 1790s

A sweet, seductive and velvety, harmonious red drink. The caramelly notes ignite a liquid that is luxury in its elegance, very stylish, feels incredibly decadent, and in the very best tradition, is intensely, quietly and simply devoid of the most pervasive and bothersome characteristics. Even the bottle is redolent of unimpassioned originality; a simple yet elegant coloured glass container that depicts the Venetian flag with kanji letters. The gold-coloured wine has come out just as it was in the 1790s, an international “first-class” product, “well-distributed”, and definitely “well-smelling”. The taste is soft and velvety, with a slightly tart edge; almost fruit-forward, although it certainly doesn’t smother. The spirit used is predominantly the same as my previous drink; absolutely the best, with no aftertastes. A very well-made drink, accompanied with good company, is probably a good way to forget the shortcomings of our disorganised entertainment culture. In the meantime, Carpano Antica Vermouth is the sort of drink that changes the flavour of all other drinks. A drink to be analysed, appreciated and taken with pleasure.

Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth Review:

Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

“The marvelous success of Carpano, the first ever vermouth, has inspired generations of winemakers to recreate the magic of the original product.

They were limited in the number of ingredients they could use because of a lack of good wine and sugar. The red colour was obtained by adding a grapefruit juice extract. Reduced wine and sugar was used, but only to make up the deficit from the extract. Moreover, they were very careful to use only the finest ingredients to obtain the aroma and colour and to maintain the character of the product as close as possible to the original.

To this day, making sweet red vermouth is, and always will be, an art. Study and talent are needed in all its parts; knowledge and experience in all its parts. The true sweet red vermouth, spectacular in taste and colour, is a monumental achievement.”

Written by Mark Adams

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