- Range: Belsazar White, Belsazar Dry, Belsazar Rosé, Belsazar Red
- Producer: Belsazar GMBH (Schladerer Distillery
- UK Distributor: Axiom Brands
- Retail Price: £24.45
- Origin: Baden, Germany
- ABV: 17.5%
- Distinct Botanicals:
- Wine Base: Pinot Noir Rosé
- Sugar Content: Unknown at Present
- Nose: Almost a red dessert wine smell, Parma Violet, Plum, Rosehip, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Jame
- Palette: Strong Plum, chamomile, dried lemon zest and violet leaf
- Finish: Plum first then develops into a strawberry Jam
Overall: This was a fantastic surprise! I think this is the best Rose vermouth i’ve ever had. A super strong plum flavour to start then the stewed and cooked Jam tone comes. Great with tonic but or on Ice! Also would be a great replacement for sugar red fruit liqueurs in cocktails.
The name, Belsazar was formed from the first name Balthasar, which the founders came across while creating their vermouth at the Schaderer Distillery Sixtus Balthasar Schladerer was the first in the Schladerer dynasty! A good wine is the basis for any vermouth. High quality, regionally produced wines from the regions of Markgräflerland and Kaiserstuhl in southern Baden are preferably used to produce Belsazar.
All ingredients are mixed together during the filtration stage, the wine, fruit brandies and must. This is when the vermouth starts to take shape – and all it takes is a delicate combination of skill, time and temperature.
The ageing process takes up to three months. The vermouth is stored in neutral stone casks to allow the liquid to develop its range of complex aromas. The ingredients are left to fuse with one another, uninhibited by aromas that would otherwise arise if the vermouth was stored in a wood cask. This is what gives Belsazar Rose its refreshing taste, complexity and balance.