Cocchi Di Torino - 75cl - 16% ABV
Making it's glorious return to the world to mark the company's 120th year anniversary, in 2011 Cocchi Di Torino was revived and is made to the original recipe, which calls for the use of herbs such as cinchona and rhubarb which tint the vermouth brown.
In order to emphasise its amber tone, brown sugar is added on not just adding to the the visual impact, but adding a special note to the taste.
On the nose, there's spicy orange peel and cocoa, which is mirrored to taste. There's a clear herbal (rosemary) hit on the palate, and alongside the usual vermouth bitter finish, the subtle use of sandal, musk, myrrh and nutmeg shine through to add complexity and depth to what lingers on.
NEGRONI ADVICE -
A complex vermouth but one that's surprisingly user friendly and can be matched with a multitude of gins. We found it at its absolute peak when added to gins that have strong herbal elements such as the red cedar of Downton's Explorer Gin, or the rosemary and lime leaf notes of Dartmouth London Dry. Gins that use fennel and caraway seed seem to be accentuated using this vermouth (e.g. Vidda Torr).
All the fancy pairings aside though, it's a fantastic vermouth to use across all the classics - Tanqueray, Beefeater and Bombay all work with it.