Back in 1786, Benedetto Carpano created Antica Formula, thus starting the production of an entire new category of alcoholic drinks: the vermouth.
Carpano Antica Formula is the Italian vermouth par excellence, actually the first vermouth ever, made from white wine, Piedmont's muscatel and the rich wines from southern Italy. Its taste and aroma come from carefully selected brewed mountain herbs. Its vanilla bouquet is matched by notes of spices and dried fruit such as star anise, orange peel and dates. Since 2001 the company has been owned by Fratelli Branca, makers of Fernet Branca.
Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Carpano Antica Formula is produced in limited amounts and sold in valuable blown-glass bottles. Topped by a cork, the bottled come protected in refined packages. The label is a replica of the 1786 original one. The nose is vinous and vanilla-led,
with chocolate, prunes and rum & raisin. The palate is complex and rich, with elements of chocolate and vanilla. Perfect to drink cold as an aperitif or after a meal, Carpano Antica Formula can also be used as an ingredient in refined cocktails, adding a special touch in new versions of great classics such as the renowned Negroni or the Americano. "This dark, mysterious vermouth is rich, complex and layered, boasting aromas of mint and other herbs, plums and figs,
reminiscent of Madeira. The rich flavors are hard to pin down: cocoa, red wine, almonds, bitter marmelade, hints of spice and toffee all play across the palate, finishing with a bracing bitter edge. This delectable sweet vermouth would shine in a Manhattan." 95 points Wine Enthusiast
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Vermouth's commercial origins date to 1786, when Antonio Benedetto Carpano began marketing the aromatized wine he produced in Turin, but the consumption of vermouth and its precursors stretches back centuries. Typically made from neutral-character dry white wines that have been flavored with herbs, roots and barks - typically including cardamom, cinnamon, marjoram and chamomile - and then fortified with a neutral grape spirit, vermouth is classically made - and named - for another botanical: wormwood.