Azaline Vermouth

It’s approaching the season. That time of year when we might be entertaining a little more than usual. We need a well-stocked bar, and that space should definitely include a vermouth or two. Azaline Vermouth earns its place for both its packaging and its taste.

azaline vermouthBut what is vermouth? The name ‘vermouth’ is the corrupted French pronunciation of the German word for wormwood, ‘Wermut’, which is a traditional ingredient – although Azaline takes advantage of Gentian instead.  It’s an aromatized fortified wine first produced in the 18th century. It was once considered a medicine, but we don’t need the excuse of bad health to enjoy some. The wine base has spirit added (that’s the fortifying element) and then it’s flavoured with various herbs, flowers, a few spices and other botanicals. It became popular as an aperitif but is now widely used in a variety of classic and contemporary cocktails.

Azaline Vermouth has great shelf appeal. Its shapely bottle sports a blue and gold label which gives a nod to Persian textiles and ceramics. It is made with 75% Pinot Noir grapes, flavoured with herbs and spices said to be found along the Silk Road.  The unique inclusion here is saffron from Iran which is the world’s most expensive spice. Other spices include cardamom and coriander. This is a point of difference between this vermouth and some others which rely on a more herby palate.

How to enjoy:

Azaline Vermouth can be enjoyed over ice with a little sparking water. It makes a delicious Negroni as well as a Manhattan and a Martini.

Tasting notes

Appearance: clear red

Nose: red fruit and cardamom

Palate: Ripe plum and cherry, hints of saffron, grassy tarragon.

Finish: medium with lingering fruity bitterness.


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