La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal // France
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal is a vermouth brand developed by oenologist and distiller Jean-Sebastien Robicquet. It is made using Pineau des Charentes, an aperitif wine made from grape must and cognac eaux-de vie. For the Extra Dry version, white wine and white Pineau des Charentes is used along with 27 botanicals. No artificial coloring is used. The brand is named after Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinye, the botanist to King Louis XIV who created the Kitchen Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.
VermouthVermouth is a type of aromatized wine. It is fortified and flavored with botanicals typically featuring Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) as the primary bittering agent. In the EU, it must be made from 75% wine and its ABV is 14.5-22%. Vermouth styles range from extra dry to sweet.
"La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry has a pale golden color and is very aromatic. The aromas here lean more towards the herbal and bitter with a bit of a foresty and menthol back note. These follow through on the palate which is high in acidity. Very much not a neutral vermouth, but would work when wanting to amp up the herbal and bitter note in your cocktail."