Aromatics of elderflower, dried tangerine, vanilla and provincial herbs leap from the glass. Reticent pear, lemongrass and honey grace the broad palate. Imbue finishes on a slightly sweet and pleasingly bitter note that lingers an incredible length of time.
Even though none of our tasters drink vermouth or cocktails, they were massively impressed by Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth. It's so unusual, so powerful, so complex, so long on the finish that it has to stand out for wine lovers as well as those who seek to make a great cocktail or sip a memorable aperitif. The producers' comments: Imbue Bittersweet is a raised glass to the beautiful aperitif wines that have been hand-crafted for hundreds of years. This vermouth seeks inspiration from the classic old world style but adds bountiful Northwest flair. Each batch begins with fine Oregon Pinot gris, the white varietal for which the Willamette Valley has become best known. After many months spent in American and French oak barrels, imbue is macerated with a collection of botanicals and finished with a touch of artisan Oregon brandy. The name "Bittersweet" reflects our desire to achieve perfect balance - looking to the classic "blancs" for sweetness but rounding the palate out with a backbone of beautiful bitterness. imbue Bittersweet is best enjoyed as an aperitif served on the rocks with a twist or as the base in dozens of creative craft cocktails.
|Uncouth Vermouth believes in transparency and commitment to sustainability. All ingredients are either foraged from untouched areas, or purchased from a farm that does not succomb to modification and is preferably non-profit. Farmers, not grocery stores. The middle of the woods, not Prospect Park. Your closest source isn’t always your best source, but if you’re willing to do your homework you can create a delicious, locally-sourced vermouth without a drop of sugar, no additives and/or preservatives. Seasonal ingredients produce seasonal flavors to pair with our isochronal meals. My number one rule of thumb has always been, what grows together, goes together. I will never sacrifice the health of our people or the integrity of my vermouth to sell more “product.” It’s not about “organic” certification, it’s about the spirit of my practices. This is a food, meant to be enjoyed in good conscience because this is what we are worth. I aim to be a hopeful influence and help educate and promote the slow food movement. It is of the utmost importance.