Top 5 bottles to understand Spanish vermouth
Spain offers an incomparable variety of styles. Here are some indispensable vermouth references to begin discovering them.
Since the 1980s the epicentre of Spanish vermouth has been in Reus, a small town in Catalonia. However, from Galicia to Andalusia, passing through the Basque Country, the whole country was at the moment of this traditional aperitif. In this list you will find five representative, yet not exhaustive, references by François Monti.
Yzaguirre Rojo Reserva: we prefer it to Miró Reserva, their eternal rival. In both cases, it is a perfect representation of the Spanish style, as practiced in Reus. Slight bitterness; mild; with notes of orange and aromatic herbs. It is what we called in Spain “a vermouth of a lifetime”.
St. Petroni Blanco: the red expression had already marked a before and after with the use of an Albariño variety and local herbs. The Galicians continue their release with this soft white flavoured with Padrón pepper.
Lustau Rojo: best known for its traditional sherry, two years ago Lustau revived a lost tradition by producing a vermouth based on amontillado and oloroso. A white version recently appeared.
Padró Dorado Amargo Suave: behind the name is a unique vermouth, neither red nor white and with a bitterness above average. It is the result of experiments by a Catalan producer and is one of the most recent revelations.
Zarro Ecológico: it was not going to take long for organic vermouth to arrive. The first vermouth certified by the European Union was brought forward by the Madrilenian house.
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