12 Dec 2020 16:39
I personally really like Punt e Mes and Negronis twisted with it, but beware that is the most bitter among Italian (sweet) vermouth, because it has an higher cinchona % in its recipe (literally punt e mes in milanese dialect means 1.5, which refers to the 1.5 level of bitterness compared to 1 as standard of any other sweet vermouth).
If you like a more bitter negroni, just go for it, I love it.
If you want something more classical, Carpano Antica Formula it's great, I agree, but Carpano Classico it's a solid choice for a negroni, I probably prefer it over Antica Formula. Antica Formula it's sweeter, it has a strong vanilla note, while Classico it's more balanced with a citrus note, which goes great with gin.
Another option I really rate it's Cocchi Vermouth di Torino. From Cocchi you could also find Cocchi Dopo Teatro, which is more bitter, similar in a way to Punt e Mes.
Last but not least, Martini Rubino Riserva Speciale does its job extremely well in a Negroni.
12 Dec 2020 17:36
I've gone through a load of vermouth this year and did some back-to-back comparisons.
Mostly in negronis, sometimes a manhattan.
Best of the lot is Cocci, hands down. Get it on amazon.
Dolin is 2nd best.
Carpano Antica is too sweet and has overpowering vanilla flavour, imo.
Punt E Mes is alright but it just makes the whole thing too bitter.
12 Dec 2020 17:53
Having Lamb for Xmas day this year. Anyone recommend me a decent red for the day.
1 Jan 2021 15:32
It's quite typical for them yes - I like them occasionally (especially the more funky ones) but wouldn't want to just drink these
1 Jan 2021 16:11
Cheers for the Christmas wine recommendations Pent. Really nice.
Christmas was cancelled, but I’ve had a great time with the wine.
18 Jan 2021 03:25
Do rate nikka from the barrel, lemme know what the Coffey is like
18 Jan 2021 10:08
Natural wines often have flaws because they don't use the same type of chemical and synthesis products that make traditional wine flawless.
You should stick to renowned wine producers to avoid bad surprises.
Three of my favorites producers are Pierre Menard, L'Anglore/Pfifferling and Daniel Sage.
And in Champagne: De Sousa and Vouette & Sorbée
18 Jan 2021 12:16
They've stopped making 'from the barrell'?!!
18 Jan 2021 12:45
Yeah that's a right shitter if that's the case. Gonna have to bulk buy what I can like 888.
18 Jan 2021 15:37
That Nikka was cracking. Def recommend