Punt E Mes Carpano Vermouth

The story goes that on 19 April 1870 , a stockbroker, caught up in a discussion with colleagues whilst in the Carpano wine shop about the increase in share prices on that day – one and a half points – ordered his usual Carpano vermouth but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression “Punt e Mes”. The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch, as recalled by the barman of the time Maurizio Boeris.Punt E Mes Carpano Vermouth

  • Range: Punt e Mes
  • Producer: Branca Distillerie 
  • UK Distributor: Hi-Spirits
  • Retail Price: £12.91
  • Origin: Milan, italy
  • ABV: 16%
  • Distinct Botanicals: Unknown at present
  • Wine Base: Unknown at present
  • Sugar Content: Unknown at present
  • Nose: Very full bodied! Almost musky with red fruit notes
  • Palette: Sweet to start with but then develops into a strong but pleasant bitterness, lots of burnt orange and cola cubes
  • Finish: Has a lingering bitterness and the burnt orange stays prevalent
  • Overall: Wow, I’ve not had Punt e Mes in years, I have sorely been missing out, I can see why it’s so widespread in cocktail bars. The sweetness of Vermouth with the complexity of a bitter. Would I use it, absolute, not as a house vermouth but in cocktails for sure!

Punt E Mes Carpano Vermouth was a favourite drink of the founder of FIAT, Giovanni Agnelli, as he recalled in his memoirs of 1916.

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