Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth

100cl / 16.5%
Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth
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From Carpano, home of the first ever vermouth, this highly sought-after red vermouth is made to an original recipe dating from 1786. Your Manhattans will never be the same again.


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This product may contain the following:
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg or 10mg/l

Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Nose:  Rich and deep, with baked oranges, fruit compote, raspberry, dried mixed peel, oxidised red wine, thick-cut marmalade, marinated cherries, black tea and vanilla and wood tannins from the oak maturation.

    Palate:  Medium-bodied but very characterful, with the aromas from the nose surprisingly intense and long-lasting on the palate.  The orange peel / marmalade, tea and oak flavours seem most prominent but with plenty of other fruit and herby spices behind.

    Finish:  Long and persistent, slightly drying.  Marmalade and bitter orange liqueur.  Very moreish.

    Comment: Easily the most interesting and complex red vermouth we've tried.  Unmistakably Italian, you can tell this is the real thing.

  • Tasting Notes by Simon Difford

    Nose: An initial whiff of peat smoke, freshly cut tree bark, clove and honey is followed by berry fruit and vanilla.

    Palate: The intense, sweet and sour palate is complex with fruity, red berry notes and bitter orange.

    Finish: The finish is tangy and at the same time fresh and cleansing. The dying flavour is zesty orange and stewed dates.


6 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    16 October 2014

    I have spent years trying to make the best Manhattan imaginable. I've narrowed down the whiskey choices to a couple of bourbons and a couple of ryes - but as for Vermouth, there is only one choice - and that is Giuseppe Carpano Antiqua Formula - nothing else comes even close - including the highly touted Dolin - forget all those other vermouths - this is the best - THE best - the ONLY one you should buy - worth every penny. Mmmmmmm - indescribably delicious!!

  • 10 May 2014

    I side with TheBarFly on this one - yes its good but sometimes there's too much going on in it and Dolin and Mancino are better suited for some cocktails including Negronis

  • 15 November 2011

    Yep, I love this red vermouth and I'm on my second bottle of it. I find Tim's and Difford's tasting notes to be accurate, particularly when combined. My bar will never be without this. My favorite way to drink it is in small amounts on the rocks, with a healthy splash of decent gin, doesn't have to be really good gin because the vermouth will overpower it.

  • 10 June 2010

    yes it is fantastic. but the truth is Dolin is even better. My advice : stock both in your bar and you'll be happy.

  • 24 July 2009

    Love this vermouth. My Negroni's have changed forever!

  • 27 June 2008

    the best there is, the best there was and the best there will be...