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.
|The idea behind imbue started over a birthday dinner in the Willamette Valley. Eternal dreamers that we all are, we believed that making and blending the perfect vermouth, was well within our grasp.
After months of research and dozens of failed batches using over 60 botanicals, we arrived at a beautifully modern and strikingly delicious recipe fulfilling our desire to make something uniquely different.
At imbue we excitedly look to the future while relying on the collective experiences that have brought us here today: together we have 36 years in the restaurant industry, 15 years of bartending experience, 10 years in the wine industry, and 3 years in Portland’s Breweries. This company is a small piece of each of us. We are Derek Einberger, Neil Kopplin, and Jennifer Kilfoil.