Splinter Group Spirits and Vintage Wine Estates Launch Partner Vermouth
NAPA VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 13: Splinter Group Spirits, producers of Straight Edge Kentucky Bourbon, Slaughter House American Whiskey and Whip Saw Rye have introduced Partner Vermouth.
Partner Vermouth was created by winemaker Steve Matthiasson, who is one of the master blenders behind Straight Edge, Slaughter House and Whip Saw.
"Vermouth is fortified wine infused with botanicals which dates back to the origins of wine itself. The Caesars and Pharaohs of the ancient world had their own royal recipes, as did the common folk on their farms. It was considered to have medicinal properties—as well as being delicious," explained Steve Matthiasson.
Today's artisan cocktail culture, with its emphasis on quality ingredients, has sparked a renewed interest in craft Vermouth. Partner Vermouth is a blend of Merlot and Petite Sirah, heightened with fresh Tartarian cherries from Lodi, California, then layered with spices from around the world including Smoked Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Indian Coriander, Allspice, Blessed Thistle, Eucalyptus leaf, Fennel seed, Chinchona bark and Wormwood, and is sweetened with organic sugar.
Partner Vermouth is distinctively deep ruby-purple in color, smoky and exotic on the nose, fruity on the palate, with a long finish that cleans up with bitter herbs.
What is Vermouth?
Vermouth is an aromatized and fortified wine that can be either dry of sweet. The dry style is famously an ingredient of the Martini cocktail; the sweet version is a key component in classic Manhattan recipes. The name "Vermouth" dates to mid-17th century Europe. It is the French pronunciation of the German word wermut, for Wormwood, which has been used as an ingredient throughout Vermouth's history.
Partner Vermouth is available at fine drinking establishments and purveyors on a limited release basis nationally. Bottle size is 375mL available in six bottle packs, alcohol is 17.5% and the suggested retail price is $25.