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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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The old label version of this red Italian vermouth, with an abv of 14.8%. It was made from red wine with alpine and exotic herbs.  More info
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A delicious red vermouth, Lacuesta Reserva is aged for 7 months in medium-toasted new Allier French oak barrels. Beautiful as an aperitif with olives and toasted almonds.  More info
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Martini Rosso - 1970s
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Martini Rosso from the 1970s, this historic bottle of sweet vermouth is in fantastic shape, despite being around 40 years old.  More info
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Carpano Punt e Mes - 1960s
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This is a medium-sweet vermouth, bottled in the 1970s. It's in splendid condition considering it's advanced age and the seal is good.  More info
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Apparently the Queen's favourite drink, Dubonnet has fallen out of favour somewhat in recent years. This is a bottle from the drink's 1970s heyday, and it's in wonderful condition.  More info
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A favourite with many martini drinkers, this is a bottle of Noilly Prat vermouth from the early 1980s. It's in fantastic condition and would make a welcome addition to a collection of antique spirits...  More info
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Cinzano Bianco Vermouth from the 1960s. The label is damaged and ha a fairly thick patina but other than that this is sealed and sound.  More info
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A Cinzano Bitter Vermouth from the 1970s. The lable is slightly damaged but it boasts a brilliant, bold design and is otherwise sound.  More info
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A bottle of Red Vermouth from the 1960s, produced by an Italian company called Pacini, based in Siena. This stuff is named "Elisir China", in reference to the emperors of ancient China, who sought the...  More info
The Oxford Companian to Wine describes this wonderful quaff as the classic red vermouth. It truly is great stuff, and this particular bottling of Punt e Mes comes from the 1980s.  More info
An ancient 1980s bottling of Pink Vermouth, bottled for Tesco at "no less than 14.7% abv".  More info
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A tasty vermouth from the Cinzano company, bottled in the 1940s. Due to its age, it is not drinkable, but does make a very handsome piece to sit on the bar!  More info
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