An old litre bottling of excellent orange-flavoured red Italian aperitif from Carpano, Punt e Mes contains quinine (also found in tonic water), which contributes the bitter part of its bittersweet flavour. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1960s.
An old bottling of Fernet Branca, a bitter, aromatic Italian spirit. Made using a secret family recipe with 27 herbs emanating from 5 different continents and aged for a year in oak. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
Please note this bottle has a damaged label as shown in the photograph.
An old bottle of China Fra Martino from Italian producer Groppi. Pronounced 'kee-ner' as it's named after the chinaroot, a natural source of quinine contained in the recipe, rather than the country. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
Byrrh is a wine-based aperitif created in 1866. Made from red wine, mistelle and quinine, it was very popular until the Second World War, when it was overtaken by classic dessert wines. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
A wine-based aperitif created in 1866, Byrrh is produced from red wine, quinine and mistelle. Once more popular than today, after the Second World War and the resulting change in drinking habits, sales were lost to classic dessert wines. We estimate this was bottled in the 1960s.