QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT DOMINGO VERMOUTH
WHAT IS DOMINGO?
DOMINGO is a vermouth based on wines selected for their special characteristics
WHAT IS VERMOUTH?
Vermouth is a term derived from the German word for wormwood, wermut, and is an aromatized drink made from a wine base. Its characteristic flavour comes from the botanicals (herbs and spices) used in its maceration, with wormwood taking a predominant role.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS USED IN DOMINGO VERMOUTH?
The basic ingredients used in all vermouths are:
- Wine is the base of vermouth, normally white or red. A young wine is the starting point. It should have a delicate flavour and moderate level of alcohol, between 11 and 12 % abv. It will make up three quarters of the final product (regulations establish a minimum of 75% wine.)
- Botanicals: the mixture of aromatic herbs is what gives vermouth its bitter and sweet flavours. It is precisely these aromatic flavours and the formula of herbs used that make Spanish vermouths different to French and Italian ones; bitter notes stand out in Italian ones and French ones taste drier.
The botanicals can be classified by their effects: bitter (angelica, rhubarb, hops…), aromatizing (star anise, for example), bitter aromatizing (wormwood, juniper, veronica…) and sweetening (cinnamon, saffron, vanilla, cardamom…) the botanicals also add colour.
- Caramelised sugar is an optional ingredient, added to give colour.
WHAT IS THE DOMINGO RECIPE?
There are almost infinite combinations; there is no doubt that a good vermouth lies in its formula, which indicates the mixture and proportion of the different plants, flowers, fruits, spices and roots used in its production. The DOMINGO recipe is our best-kept secret. But basically we seek to achieve the perfect balance between bitterness, sweetness and acidity, and to ensure that the final product has a long, intense finish.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RED AND WHITE VERMOUTH?
The difference lies in the type of maceration, so red vermouth tends to be more bitter and astringent as wormwood dominates. Whereas in white vermouth, citrus is the main flavour, so it appears more floral, sweeter or softer on the palate.
The type of wine (white/red) also plays a part. Dry/seco styles, mainly used for cocktails, are similar to the white style but less sweet. Rosé vermouths, a recent addition, are softer and fresher.
HOW IS ONE VERMOUTH DIFFERENT TO ANOTHER?
Fundamentally, due to the botanicals, the type of wine and its sugar content. There are many different botanicals that can be used to make vermouth, and this is the reason behind the great variety of flavours that there are on the market. In any case, they must always contain wormwood (artemisia).
In our case, artemisia, dittany of Crete, cinnamon, gentian, clove, coriander, quassia, elder and juniper. These are the basis of Domingo vermouth.
WHAT IS THE ALCOHOL CONTENT?
WHAT ARE THE TASTING NOTES?
VISUAL: Very dark amber with reddish tones.
NOSE: Medium intensity, very well balanced, combining notes of wine with aromas of botanicals, such as artemisia, dittany of Crete, cinnamon, gentian, clove, coriander, quassia, elder and juniper.
PALATE: Smooth and sweet upon the palate, balanced with the characteristic bitter notes of vermouth.
DOES DOMINGO CONTAIN SUGAR?
Yes, around 145g/l
IS DOMINGO FREE FROM ALLERGENS?
It only contains the sulphites that are present in all wines.
¿DOMINGO ES GLUTEN FREE?
Yes, DOMINGO is 100% gluten free.
DOES DOMINGO CONTAIN COLOURANTS?
It contains natural caramel colour.
DOES IT HAVE A RECOMMENDED USE BY DATE?
HOW LONG WILL THE PRODUCT LAST ONCE OPENED?
Stored in the fridge, it will be perfect for drinking over several months.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF ENJOYING IT?
In a tumbler, served very cold, on its own or with soda, with two large pieces of ice and decorated with a twist of orange.