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Vermouth

Vermouths are wine based drinks flavoured with herbs and spices, usually consumed as aperitifs. Popular brands include Martini, Noilly Prat and Dubonnet.

Antonio Benedetto Carpano is said to be a godfather of the genre. Carpano, who created the recipe for Antica Formula, was an Italian distiller who added wine to an infusion of herbs and spices and spirits. He intended the drink for the ladies of Turin and he was inspired by a German wine flavoured with wormwood.

The added herbs and spices also did wonders for masking poor quality wines, and the improved concoctions became very popular.

Today, popular brands are often drunk with mixers, as well as being key ingredients for many cocktails – the legendary Martini is a mix of gin with a splash of dry vermouth (historically Noilly Prat). The Negroni is made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth (often Martini Rosso).

Did you know?... ....The word “Vermouth” comes from the German for wormwood, “Wermut”.

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Riserva Carlo Alberto make their white vermouth by infusing 25 herbs, spice, fruits and flowers in neutral alcohol for 40 days and then blending the resulting liquid with two types of wine - DOGC Asti...  More info
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Dry Italian vermouth from Torino. Riserva Carlo Alberto is named after King Carlo Alberto, whom was said to have originally come up with the recipe in the 1800s. This extra dry white vermouth has a...  More info
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La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge is a blend of red Pineau des Charentes and 28 different botanicals, creating an exciting and quite intense vermouth. Named in honour of Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinye...  More info
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This vermouth is made using white Pineau des Charentes, a particular type of French aperitif wine that doesn't often find its way into vermouths. It's really quite perplexing why, as it makes a rather...  More info
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Despite being a 100cl bottle, this rare Riccadonna Aperitivo Rosso Americano, a herbal red vermouth from the 1970s, looks rather svelte, don't you think? Well, you know what they say about stripes...  More info
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A 1970s bottling of red vermouth, produced by Riccadonna to be enjoyed before a meal to whet the appetite. A collectible antique from Italy.  More info
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This is a bottle of Italian Red Vermouth made in the 1970s, from the well known supermarket, Sainsbury's. Try something old today.  More info
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A 1970s bottling of classic dry white vermouth produced by those maestros Martini & Rossi in Turin. Highly collectible.  More info
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Martini & Rossi, the clever minds that you have to thank for numerous lovely cocktails you've probably enjoyed over the year, produced this bottle of their white dry vermouth in the 1970s.  More info
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A Rosé vermouth is, unsurprisingly, a cross between a red and a white vermouth which is usually less bitter and a little more sweet than your average red vermouth. This one was made by the famous...  More info
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A 100cl bottle of Bianco Vermouth, produced by Gambarotta in Italy during the 1970s. A rare find, just one of the numerous ancient piece in our antique spirits range.  More info
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Carpano Punt e Mes - 1970s
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An ancient bottling of Carpano Punt e Mes, a Italian red vermouth that is both sweet and bitter. Some might even call it bitter-sweet, which would make it perfect for an aperitif. Produced in the...  More info
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Ancient Martini & Rossi Rosé Vermouth from the 1970s. At some point, it was probably a delightful pink/red colour, but over the year, it has grown deeper in hue due to vermouth oxidising in the...  More info
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Cinzano Bianco, produced in the 1970s, which would explain why the vermouth isn't clear like current bottles of Cinzano Bianco. Rather rare and exciting for you vermouth collectors out there, as this...  More info
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There's a lot going on with the label on this bottle of Martini & Rossi Red Vermouth from the 1970s. There's all sorts of flags and cherubs and crests and trumpets and people just hanging out and what...  More info
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A very old bottle of St. Raphael Vermouth from the 1950s. The label has a few bumps and scrapes, but you can clearly see that it was labelled as an "appitizer", which is certainly could be enjoyed as...  More info
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Like all good antiques, this ancient bottle of Quina 3 Star Vermouth is very, very dusty. It's no surprise, really, as it came from all the way from the 1940s. If you sat about for around 60 years...  More info
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A herbal, slightly nutty white vermouth made to a recipe created by renowned bartender Giancarlo Mancino using 19 botanicals, including Sage, Marjoram and Oregano.  More info
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Looking for a new vermouth to enjoy in your Vesper? The Mancino Bianco Ambrato is just the ticket with its bitter-sweet and floral flavour profile. The recipe includes a base of Trebbiano di Romagna...  More info
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Martini Gran Lusso
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A special single batch vermouth produced to mark the Martini's 150th anniversary, only 150,000 bottles are available worldwide.

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This is the classic Martini Extra Dry bought at auction and presented in an dashing old-style bottle. Perfect for so many cocktails.  More info
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A litre of classic Italian bianco vermouth from Carpano produced in the 1960s!  More info
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Gancia Dry Vermouth
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A lovely white vermouth from the Italian producers, Gancia. A classic style made with alpine and exotic herbs infused into alcohol with a white wine base. The recipe has remained the same since it was...  More info
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