Punt E Mes - 75cl - 16% ABV
Punt e Mes has a golden orange color with topaz tones, herby aromas and dark red, black dahlia with vermilion shades. The initial taste is one of sweetness, characterised by an intriguing accent of orange. This is followed by the characteristically bitter taste of the quina and ends on a sweet note.
The story goes that on 19 April 1870 , a stockbroker, caught up in a discussion with colleagues whilst in the Carpano wine shop about the increase in share prices on that day – one and a half points – ordered his usual Carpano vermouth but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression “Punt e Mes”. The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch, as recalled by the barman of the time Maurizio Boeris.
The producer's, Carpano, use local Piedmontese Moscato wine blended with other robust red wines from their estates in Sicily as the base for the vermouth. A 'concia' is added to this base (a combination of spirits, sugar and a secret herbal infusion of up to 50 herbs). Finally a carefully measured amount of Carpano's secret bitters is blended in.
NEGRONI ADVICE -
While most would simply place it as a vermouth, it is bitter in comparison to many and contains quinine, so in our opinion you can use it as either the vermouth or the bitters when it comes to Negroni time depending on how you partner it. We tend to opt for the former but the advice is the same regardless of which third you are using it for, you need a punchy juniper forward gin to shine through if using this.