Tempus Fugit Alessio Vermouth di Torino Rosso (750ml)
Landing on the more bitter end of the vermouth spectrum, almost feeling like a cross between sweet vermouth and amaro, this nut-brown bottling has a roots-and-herbs aroma with a dark berry-like hint in back. On the palate, it's plummy and mouthwateringly tart, with a just-bitter-enough finish that shows dried herbs, sarsaparilla and espresso. (KN)
Time to up your Manhattan game? This fine Rosso Vermouth, made with "pharmaceutical-grade" herbs, according to the importer, ought to help in that regard. Imported by San Francisco's Anchor Distilling: "Based on a classic di Torino recipe from the late 19th century, Alessio Vermouth di Torino Rosso is designed to be enjoyed as what was commonly called a 'Vino di Lusso' (luxury wine), a wine thoroughly consumed on its own. Created with a fine Piedmont wine as the base, this authentic Vermouth di Torino contains both Grande and Petite Wormwood, along with over 25 other pharmaceutical-grade herbs, roots and spices. As a result, this vermouth offers a full mouth-feel that contributes weight to a cocktail, and lightly bitter but bright, refreshing citrus and herbal notes that lengthen the finish."