Rating: 8/23 N: The nose has a good, characteristic dry vermouth scent behind it, but it has no complexity. For many mixers, that isn't actually a problem. However, for dry vermouth, it most certainly is. The key here is that dry vermouth goes into martinis, which only have one other ingredient (and it's usually a pretty light one), so there isn't anything to mask the flatness. The nose here is sort of a sweet tartness like myer's lemon, with a bit of a floral hint and some more richness, kind of like preserved lemon, but without the salt. That's it. P: It's lighter and less tart up front than the nose suggests, but more tartness comes out as it progresses. There's a lot of minerality throughout. There's an underlying bitterness that suggests something herbal, but doesn't come to much. That's what I characterized as preserved lemon on the nose. I get that same sweet myer's lemon tartness here and it forms a really nice base layer, but there's nothing built on top of it. Honestly, that's about it here. F: The lemon linger, trending toward bitterness that at times approaches grapefruit. There's mineral as well. Nothing really pops out here. It's just bland and a bit bitter. Unfortunately, I really can't recommend this. The flavor is fine enough, but there just isn't anything going on here. It's kind of a big braaap. It's not bad, to be clear. I could certainly make it through a glass, but I wouldn't do so except to be polite. Tragically, I think that this is going to be an 8.
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