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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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