This artisanal dry vermouth hails from the Pacific Northwest and strikes just the right balance between bitter and sweet. It is made from Willamette, Oregon Pinot Gris grapes and fortified with brandy made from those same grapes at the Clear Creek Distillery. Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth is
their flagship aperitif. This early evening quaff was designed to be poured on some rocks and sipped. The bittersweet is a wide array of well-balanced parts with the pleasing sweetness and stark bitterness that every good vermouth has at its core.
As the ambassador of their vermouth company, they sought to make the bittersweet both complex and interesting, but without pretention.
Imbue vermouth is a product designed for all to enjoy either neat, or in a fancy-pants cocktail.
The main botanicals are Egyptian Chamomile, Elderflower, Bitter Orange Peel, Coriander, Juniper, Sage leaf and Clove. The rest of the ingredients are a secret! Aromatics of elderflower, dried tangerine, vanilla and provincial herbs leap from the glass. Reticent pear, lemongrass and honey grace the broad palate. Imbue finishes on a slightly sweet and pleasingly bitter note that lingers an incredible length of time.
Oregon Grown Pinot gris
Oregon Grown Pinot gris Brandy Distilled at Portlandís Clear Creek Distillery and aged in American oak casks. Excellent on the rocks with a twist but would make an excellent Negroni Bianco.
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The name "vermouth" comes from the German word Wermut for wormwood that has been used as an ingredient in the drink over its history. Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with aromatic herbs and spices in recipes that are closely-guarded trade secrets. It was so named in the 18th century by the French, who were inspired by a German wine fortified with wormwood, an herb most famously used in distilling absinthe.