Vermouth, derived from the german word for wormwood wermut, is a fortified wine that is aromatised with various botanicals including roots, flowers, seeds, herbs spices and barks. Historically it was used for medicinal purposes and the modern versions started being produced in Turin, Italy in the mid to late 18th Century. It is often drunk as an aperitif and is also the key ingredient in various classic cocktails including the martini, manhattan and negroni.
The ruby-red Vermouth Red from Belsazar captivates the palette with warm notes of vanilla, candied orange peel and bitter chocolate, alongside hints of macis and cinnamon and a trace of clove. The pleasant and elegant sweetness is rounded off with a subtle dose of pure caramel, dashes of fully ripe cherries and spicy flavours.
Belsazar Rose vermouth is an innovative take on the standard vermouth, combining the best characteristics of Red vermouth and White vermouth. This modern twist on the classic vermouth is still made using high quality German wines and local herbs and spices just to a new recipe that makes it very versatile. This Rose vermouth is perfect for Cocktails and for long drinks.
A white vermouth from the Belsazar range, produced in Germany. The team behind Belsazar use only the best wines from the South Baden region as the base for their vermouth, fruit brandy from long-time producers Schladerer and herbs including wormwood to create their expressions. The white is sweet with vanilla, peach flesh and orange zest, which is complimented by herbal spice and a subtle bitter finish.
Believed to be the first ever example of vermouth and credited with creating the word, Carpano is one of the world’s most recognisable and esteemed producers of this sweet, spicy drink. Carpano Biano Vermut offers a powerful hit of herbs and spices combined with a hint of vanilla and a rich, sweetness which creates an almost festive atmosphere. The richness is offset by the powerful spiciness, making this an enjoyable pre-dinner drink.
With the distinctive design and recognisable Italian flair of its marker, Carpano Classico Rosso is a rich and sweet vermouth which can be enjoyed in a wide number of ways. With all the characteristics of a quality red vermouth, Carpano Classico Rosso is fragrant, spicy and leaves you wanting at least one more sip. It’s a classic combo that works and the sweetness is well-balanced with that touch of spice.
Cocchi Vermouth di Torino is a classic Italian vermouth which is made to a 100 year old family recipe and delivers on every count from flavour to aroma to mixing quality. Warm notes of red fruit and orange come through and deliver a versatility which ensures this is a vermouth you can both enjoy and share. The palate is cherry rich with menthol coolness and is has a full-bodied character coming to a rounded finish which is refreshing and beautifully blended.
William Grant & Sons is piloting a new vermouth brand, produced using cascara, a by-product from the production of coffee.
The liquid comprises a sweet vermouth that has been infused with cascara, the leftover pulp from the coffee berry once the fruit has been used to make coffee.
Fabulous as a long drink with Tonic ....
Rich and inviting from first opening Dolin Chambery Rouge teams fresh grassy notes with deeper spices. Offering a complex palate of both fresh citrus flavours and the tempering influence of cinnamon and Szechuan pepper. Sweetness is the overriding flavour of this drink but there is a subtle spiciness which adds more to the overall flavour. Whether mixed into a traditional cocktail or enjoyed on ice, Dolin Chambery Rouge exudes class and refinery.
Sweeter than a summer day, Chamberyzette takes all the finery of Dolin vermouth with the additional flavouring of wild strawberries. The combination is refreshing and an alternative to your average vermouth. Steeped in history the Dolin Company knows its stuff when it comes to vermouth and the creativity used to create this strawberry-fresh alternative is a modern twist whether drank on its own or mixed into cocktails. There aren’t many flavoured vermouths on the market and so this one is certainly worthy of a spot in your drinks cabinet.
El Bandarra Vermut is from Catalunya and made with Macabeo and Xarel·lo grape from the winery's estates in the Alt Penedès. The vermouth features over 50 extracts of herbs, flowers and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, liquorice, aniseed, chamomile, rosemary, bay leaf, hops, bitter orange - to name a few! After maceration, it gets a little rest in oak barrels before heading in to the bottle, which is clearly relating to the '50s......
White Grenache and Xarel-lo macerated with more than 40 herb extracts with vanilla, wormwood and clove. It is given a sweet touch with must nectar and then it is balanced in a tank for two months and hey presto!
A vanillered, fresh & citrussy aroma.
Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato is a Vermouth di Torino that uses wines from Moscato d'Asti and three types of wormwood– Absinthium, Pontica and Vulgaris. It is named after the colour – ambrato is Italian for amber.
Gran Lusso - Italian for 'grand luxury' - is made with Barbera red wine and Trebbiano white wine, as well as a barrel-aged Moscato extract and the mysterious 'extract 94', which spent 8 whole years in a demijohn specifically for this release!
Try it in your favourite cocktails for a fragrant, almost floral twist alongside a familiar herbal character that's rarely been smoother.
Rubino is one half of Martini's Riserva Speciale range, using concentrated botanical extracts which are rested in oak for more than two months. This Vermouth di Torino that uses wines from Piemonte, including Langhe Nebbiolo and three types of wormwood– Absinthium, Pontica and Vulgaris. It is named after the colour – rubino is Italian for ruby.
The Daddy of dry vermouths. Fino Sherry style dryness with cloves and Cardamom followed by squishy white supermarket grapes. The finish retains the spiciness with a dry floral notes of bitter pear and apple.
Point and a half to the Italians! Stewed summer fruits with vanilla pods and Manuka honey and burnt lemons. Fat plum and bitter raspberry finish with a slightly tannic feel. Crying out for Gin and sweet vermouth!
Delicate, floral with a distinct note of Spanish orange, this vermouth is made with English wine from Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire in collaboration with Alessandro Palazzi from Dukes Hotel, SW1.
Delicious when served in a Vesper with Sacred Gin and Sacred Organic Vodka, both straight from the freezer.
Alternatively, pour over ice with a large pared orange zest, or make a wonderfully summery Sacred Amber Spritz with English Sparkling Wine and Soda.