75cl, 17% ABV
75cl, 17% ABV
When looking up about this vermouth before trying it, I discovered it has a rich and varied history. King Otto, in 1834, decided that Athens should become the capital of Greece again. Maybe he liked the architecture, or the history. Or the olives. Anyway, upon officially making it so, he tasked one of his workers with creating the first Greek vermouth, which is today's "Otto's Athens Vermouth". Fancy that!
So with such an interesting origin, with a recipe that's been handed down for many generations, you can imagine that I was anticipating something quite special. Well, I wasn't disappointed. The first thing you'll notice about this vermouth is its striking clolour. Unlike most of what we stock, this bottle contains a strangely crimson infusion. Couple that with a simple, yet elegant bottle, and this is as easy on the eyes as it is on the palate. Uncorking the bottle revealed a scent of rose petals and citrus, aiding my anticipation.
So as I poured myself a glass on a hot summer's day, I expected something just as exquisite as the colour. And, once more, I wasn't disappointed. On the first sip, notes of lemon and vanilla came through, with hints of olive - it was a gentle, yet still forceful, wave of flavour. Interestingly, Otto's Vermouth contains wormwood - which not many do, thanks to it's prohibition in the early 20th century. Of course, I'm thankful that it's included since it only adds to the astonishing taste. A slightly bitter (although with citrus) flavour lingered in my mouth, leaving a refreshed palate that wanted more.
Overall, we here at interGIN think this is the perfect accompaniment to any meal as an aperitif, or even just as a standalone beverage - it's sweet taste and refreshing aftertaste is sure to be a delight with whoever is lucky enough to try. I mixed mine with the classic tonic, but it's also great with soda.
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Distillery / Brand Otto's
Alcohol 17% ABV
Product code: ath_ver_75
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