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Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth

(100cl, 16.5%)

Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth

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Antica Formula Bottling Note

An incredibly good red vermouth which was originally used to make the Martinez (the grandfather of the martini). Each bottle of Antica Formula is individually numbered, and it really does make a great Manhattan, as well as being an excellent digestif.

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Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth Reviews

Great for Manhattans

So rich, full and fruity. Delicious in a Manhattan but a little overpowering in a Negroni for me.

7th May 2020

A counterpoint to the unbridled praise...

I really wanted to think this was spectacular. Its got great intensity, and a good combination of bitterness and sweetness, and the complexity of flavours is very impressive, but...well, there's a faint aroma I can only describe as "just walked into a pharmacy". And it's pervasive. As the flavours all rebalance around the whiskey in my Manhattan, the medicinal nose is still there. You end up with something that feels like "medicine that's surprisingly pleasant" - great when you're unwell as a child and are dreading something icky, but not what you actually want a cocktail to taste like.

Only used in Manhattans so far (as well as a little nip when first opened) but I shall explore in greater depth...

15th April 2020

The Original & Best

This is great in Manhattans, but these days I just like to drink it on its own, on the rocks with a slice of orange. A superb mix of sweet and bitter.

8th September 2018

Best for a Manhattan

This vermouth is good in various whiskey cocktails and really, I think, the gold standard for Manhattans. It seems to work well with almost any bourbon or rye, no matter their flavor profile or proof. The only exception so far has been with extremely woody bourbons, but i have yet to find a vermouth for those.

22nd August 2018

Classy Vermouth

I bought a case of this from Berry Brothers two years ago. I was making negronis. A lot. The Groucho used it for theirs. This has a sweeter vanilla date taste than its less expensive cousin Punt E Mes. Great with Americano (Negroni without the Gin). And in a hot day with lots of crushed ice.

1st February 2017

It is good but .......

This is good undoubtedly. It has a fair amount of complexity. The reviews all seem to sing it's praises, so that must be good. And partnered with gins, choose something big and robust as the Antica Formula will probably overpower it anyway. However, in your Manhattan it leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not necessarily a bad thing, but something to be aware of.

27th October 2016


Upon a recommendation from a local bartender we bought a bottle. We like it...a bit sweeter than others. Nice just plain, but delicious in a manhattan. Very curious to know the contents. Do I tsste cloves?

Billie Jane Maul
Margate, NJ

8th November 2014

Taster King

The ultimate Vermouth! It sets the benchmark!

6th October 2014

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