Antica Formula is an aged red vermouth made from an original recipe by Antonio Benedetto Carpano, the man credited with creating modern vermouth in Turin in 1786. Carpano originally developed vermouth by mixing herbs with a base wine and then sweetening it by adding spirit. His new drink proved so popular that soon his shop had to stay open 24 hours a day to satisfy demand. Carpano had been inspired by a German aromatised wine and was a fan of German poetry. As a result, he named his new product ‘vermouth’ after the German word for wormwood, wermut, which was frequently used to flavour wine at the time. Antica Formula is produced in small runs and is aged to make it richer and more complex than most red vermouths. It makes an excellent Bronx, Manhattan or Negroni.
Nose: Rich and deep, with baked oranges, fruit compote, raspberry, dried mixed peel, oxidised red wine, thick-cut marmalade,
marinated cherries, black tea and vanilla and wood tannins from the oak maturation.
Palate: Medium-bodied but very characterful, with the aromas from the nose surprisingly intense and long-lasting on the palate. The
orange peel / marmalade, tea and oak flavours seem most prominent but with plenty of other fruit and herby spices behind.
Finish: Long and persistent, slightly drying. Marmalade and bitter orange liqueur. Very moreish.
Comment: Easily the most intersting and complex red vermouth we've tried. Unmistakably Italian, you can tell this is the real thing.