First launched in its native Spanish market early last year, Lustau Vermut debuted in the U.S. this spring.
Endorsed by a reputation for quality and heritage behind the recipe, Lustau Vermut originates in the wisdom of two celebrated family traditions: The House of Lustau –artisanal winemakers for over a century, experts in creating enological gems; and the Caballero family – master blenders of crafted spirits since 1830, who dominate in the subtle art of aroma extraction and blending.
The secret of the Lustau Vermut formula lies in the harmonious and complex union of sherry wines and botanicals. The base sherry wine, a blend of a sweet and velvety Pedros Ximénez and a dry and nutty Amontillado, both aged separately for ten years in their own soleras at the House of Lustau cellars in Jerez, each with its own flavors, aromas and traits, contribute to the unique personality of this sherry vermouth.
The botanicals, macerated separately for optimal aroma extraction are then expertly combined to obtain the perfect blend. Wormwood, gentian, coriander and orange peel notes stand out among the array of fragrant plant, fruit and spice aromas, laced with citrus and herbs over a smoky wood background.
Mahogany in color with reddish glints, the palate is silky, flavorful and balanced with a finish delicately accompanied by a nutty aftertaste.
A popular aperitif in the 18th century, vermouth has undergone a recent resurgence in Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.—enjoyed on its own, over ice or in classic cocktails such as the Negroni and the Manhattan.
The distinctive Lustau Vermut packaging was designed by Unopuntocuatro to reflect the alluring personality and intriguing taste inside of every bottle.
Anthony Dias Blue reviewed Lustau Vermut in the June 2017 issue of The Tasting Panel