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November 2018 - Amaro, Fernet & Sweet Vermouth

November 2018 - Amaro, Fernet & Sweet Vermouth
This month's spirits feature is Amaro, Fernet & Sweet Vermouth

Amaro, Fernet & Sweet Vermouth Reviews

Padro & Co. Reserva Especial Sweet Vermouth
95 points
$35
Dark brown color. Complex aromas and flavors of fennel, leather, cacao nibs, cola, fig, espresso beans, dried cherry, candied pecan, and nougat with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish with touches of honey on tangerines, quinine, dried apple, cassia, nutmeg, lavender, and gentian finish. A poignant and complex, old-world vermouth for stellar manhattans; thoroughly enjoyable on rocks and in spritzes.
Awards: 2018 Best Vermouth Red
Rosso Antico Sweet Vermouth
94 points
Bronze color. Interesting aromas of cola nut, orris root, bitter orange marmalade, rose petal, dandelion, and cassia bark with a round, lively, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long black licorice, nectarine, sultana, and bitter almond finish. A very attractive bitter liqueur with vibrant, fruity character, superbly balanced bitter edge, and lengthy finish.
Cinzano 1757 Sweet Vermouth
93 points
$29.99
Mahogany color. Aromas of sandalwood, cola, autumn leaves, espresso, cinnamon stick, candied carrot, thyme, and dried fig with a round, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long gentian and geranium finish. A rock-solid, bold vermouth for serious cocktailers; will hold its own and be a true partner in a cocktail.
93 points $29.99
Turin Drapo Rosé Sweet Vermouth
92 points
$23.95
Pale salmon pink color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile, watermelon, pink peppercorn, bay leaf, thyme, and menthol with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish with suggestions of black tea, tangerine peel, and oregano focaccia finish. A very enjoyable, stylish rose vermouth that should be used liberally on the rocks, with gin, or in a spritz.
92 points $23.95
Padro & Co. Rojo Clasico Sweet Vermouth
90 points
$28
Dark brown color. Aromas of carob, oregano and thyme, licorice, tomatillo, castelvetrano olive, cacao nibs, eucalyptus, and dried cherries with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long black toast, fennel fronds, and molasses finish. A pervasive and dark vermouth that will stand up to robust whiskies; try in a rye manhattan or on the rocks with olives.
Vya Sweet Vermouth
89 points
$22
Mahogany color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon tisane, desiccated plums and oranges, orris root, australian soft licorice, and wet leaves with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length fig tea, allspice, blackberry leaf, citron, cola, gingerbread, and vanilla finish. A rock-solid buttery vermouth packed with warming fruits and spices that will be a great go-to for Manhattans.
Padro & Co. Rojo Amargo Sweet Vermouth
89 points
$42
Dark garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fruitcake, tea with milk and sugar, cedar smoke, plum, jerk spices, and raisin swirl bread with a slightly chewy, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish with notes of grapefruit oil and caramelized banana finish. A rich and fruity vermouth with a very balanced bitter character.
Padro & Co. Blanco Reserva Sweet Vermouth
88 points
$30.95
Light gold color. Interesting, fruity aromas of marigold, spearmint, honeycomb, peach tea, apple-cinnamon potpourri, and glue with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy sour peach gummies, banana chip, fennel, and pineapple cordial finish. A distinctively fruity and somewhat tropical vermouth that will serve as a secret weapon in stirred rum cocktails.
88 points $30.95
Le Madre Rosé Sweet Vermouth
87 points
$22.99
Brushed amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of ginger coffee cake, toasted coconut, strawberry candies, apricot agridolce, honeycomb, heirloom apple, and ripe papaya with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, buoyant finish that exhibits accents of almond nougat and allspice finish. A unique and tropical cocktail ingredient that will be welcomed by craft bartenders; will play well with rum, sherry, and tequila.
87 points $22.99
Le Madre Sweet Vermouth
84 points
$22.99
Bronze color. Aromas of dried cherry and apple, marzipan, wet leaves, sun dried tomato, pressed flowers, bouquet garni, and mirepoix with a satiny, vibrant, sweet thin body and a smooth, brisk iron, demi glace, sweet tea, and concord grape jelly finish. A solid vermouth that might gussy up a sangria or play well with brandy.
84 points $22.99
Padro & Co. Dorado Amargo Suave Sweet Vermouth
84 points
$29.95
Old gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of dill aioli, caramelized prune, chamomile, ginger, bitter orange, dried leaves, and cardamom with a lightly tannic, bright, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of tea, gentian, and burnt sugar finish. An assertive vermouth that leaves the door wide open for cocktail play; bitter, herbal, and richly caramelly.
84 points $29.95
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