Spirit of the Month: August 2018
We choose our Spirit of the Month to highlight some of the greatest spirits in the world. Some of them are age-old classics, some of them are great new releases, but whatever it is, you can be sure that it's something we love. This month we've chosen:
Belsazar Rosé VermouthPlease wait Please wait
Belsazar Rosé is the perfect starting point to explore the world of vermouth. Made with Black Forest wine and fruit brandy, and with no added sugar, this is a pure expression of its ingredients.
It's light and fruity, balancing berry and stone fruit sweetness against bitter herbs. Delicious on its own or topped with tonic for an aperitif.
From the The Whisky Exchange
- Nose: Lots of fresh fruit: raspberry with sweet grapes and a touch of stone fruit. That’s balanced out by floral touches and gentle green herbiness.
- Palate: Balanced sweetness: honey syrup against rosé wine acidity. Gentle spice is built on by citrus, sweet peach, red berries, and a touch of the floral character from the nose.
- Finish: Appropriate bitterness, with woody herbs, clove and spicy pepper joined by a touch of redcurrant.
Belsazar may not have been around for that long, but the company is already making a big splash in the vermouth world. Using high-quality German wines, a secret mix of herbal infusions, and fruit brandy from the experts at Schladerer, Belsazar has quickly become the poster child of the new vermouth movement.
The process of making Belsazar's vermouth is a combination of the traditional and the new. Each expression uses a specially selected blend of wines and macerates (botanical infusions) fortified with fruit brandy. The vermouth is then rested in stone casks – vessels that allow the flavours to settle down and create the complex character that Belsazar is known for.