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Carpano Dry Vermouth

Carpano Dry Vermouth


By Robert Plotkin

Working closely with world sommelier champion Luca Gardini, Carpano Dry Vermouth is the newest innovation released from the legendary Fratelli Branca Distillerie of Milan, Italy, makers of the world's first vermouth. Introduced in 2014, the new vermouth has a drier taste profile and contains less sugar than other dry vermouths. Considering the popularity of the cocktail, the timing of this release couldn't be any better.

Carpano Dry Vermouth is made with a secret blend of Italian white wines. After blending, the wines are fortified with grape spirits and flavored with a proprietary botanical mix of aromatic herbs, roots and bark. Among these aromatics are Italian artemisia and Dittany of Crete, an herbaceous plant grown exclusively on the island of Crete and largely responsible for the vermouth's unique flavor. It is then rested for 2 months to ensure that all of the various flavors have fully integrated. The vermouth is bottled at 18% alcohol by volume (36 proof).

Although formulated with cocktails in mind, Carpano Dry makes a delicious aperitif served neat. The classically structured vermouth is crystal clear with a medium-weight, velvety textured body and an enticing bouquet laced with spice, lemon zest and tart green apples. Its aromatics signature alone makes this vermouth an impressive achievement. The entry is initially semisweet and gentle as it bathes the palate with the flavors of succulent pears, tropical fruit and fresh citrus. The lingering finish is fruity and slightly bitter.

Carpano Dry Vermouth is simply tremendous, a marvelous addition to any Martini. That said, it also marries well with equal parts of sweet vermouth—preferably Carpano Antica Formula—or crème de cassis. You'll be pleasantly surprised with how seamlessly it melds with a broad range of spirits and drink types.

Who knew dry vermouth could be so fresh, light and flavorful?

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