Country of origin: Germany Alcohol content: 19% ABV
A tangy, complex vermouth, perfect on the rocks or mixed with lighter spirits. Based on the Chasselas grape variety, this aromatic, tangy, super-dry vermouth uses two types of wormwood in a botanical bill that also includes apple, cinchona, fennel, cardamom and lemon peel. It is fortified with a touch of Schladerer’s peach eau-de-vie, lending a pleasant fruity note to an otherwise dry vermouth. At a lean 28 grams/litre (less than Noilly Prat and Dolin for example), this is genuinely dry and yet it is also one of the most textured and vinous in its category, making it nicely versatile and user-friendly; from apéritifs through to the classics.
About Belsazar Vermouth
Macerates are what give Belsazar its complex flavour. The extracts from herbs, spices, blossom and husks are as varied as Berlin’s neighbourhoods. The subtle sweetness of Belsazar comes from adding Black Forest grape must. To stop the must from fermenting, it is refined with brandy that has been left to mature in oak casks. This is where the slight hint of sherry comes from. The Schladerer distillery has been producing fruit brandies using only natural ingredients since 1844. The ageing process can take up to three months. Their vermouth is stored in neutral casks to allow the liquid to develop its range of complex aromas.