A Vermouth di Torino, named after the Italian for amber, ambrato, this Martini Riserva Speciale is a blend of wines specifically selected by Beppe Musso, Martini’s master blender, including a large proportion of wines sourced from the local Piemonte region, with the addition of small parcels of Moscato d’Asti DOCG .
Martini vermouths tend to be created with two different types of wormwood (or Artemisia), but for this edition, the Riserva Speciale Master Herbalist, Ivano Tonutti, has selected a blend of Absinthium, Pontica and Vulgaris, which are joined by a host of exotic botanicals such as Roman Chamomile (also grown in Pancalieri), Ecuadorian yellow Cinchona bark and Chinese Rhubarb.
The concentrated botanical extracts for each vermouth are rested in Piemontese Tino oak vats for over two months, which is a practice that has not been favoured for many decades, although it was typical for the original vermouth di Torino, including Martini.
Nose: Incredible herbal complexity from wormwood and clove, with some honey, freshly cracked black pepper and ripe peaches.
Palate: Zesty citrus and white flower blossom grows among the green herbal notes, with a balanced and cleansing woody bitterness.
Finish: A little elderflower and honeysuckle linger on the finish.
-- Masters of Malt