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.


Allergen Information

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 Stuart P

    • Nose:

      Rich and deep, with aromas of dark chocolate, dark berries, bitter cherries, almonds and marzipan.

    • Palate:

      Big, rich and concentrated. Raisins, fruit crumble, bitter chocolate and coffee mingle with candied orange peel and spicy oak.

    • Finish:

      Very long lasting, with the rich fruit and spice vying for attention.

  • 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.

13 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    3 days ago

    The best vermouth on the market

  • 5
    12 February 2018

    Best Negroni and Manhattan I made. Pricey but no regrets.

  • 5
    18 September 2017

    Excellent for mixing a Manhattan

  • 5
    15 September 2017

    With van winkle Rye , the best manhattan money can buy .

  • 5
    1 May 2017

    Makes The Best Negroni in the world....far more important to get the vermouth right than confuse its lovely botanicals with a ' new world' gin

  • 5
    28 September 2016

    Same for Negroni....the quality of the vermouth does a lot to the taste. Similar to Arturo, I tried all sorts of gin and vermouth, and Antica does the best job. Makes it a pretty expensive Negroni, but then I rather drink 1 good one instead of a few mediocre

  • 5
    30 December 2015

    Antica Carpano is fabulous.

  • 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!!

  • Anonymous 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

  • JDG 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.

  • TheBarFly 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.

  • Anonymous 24 July 2009

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

  • brilliant.cocktails 27 June 2008

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