Is a sweet, bitter “rosso” style vermouth made with English wine from Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire and 24 botanicals, including organic wormwood (which is grown especially for Sacred) and organic thyme from Somerset plus a combination of peels, barks and spices. All of these are macerated and then distilled, with the exception of gentian and wormwood, which are simply macerated to give a gentle bitterness and “grip” on the palate, and orange peel, which in addition to bitterness and colour, has pectin to give texture and mouthfeel. It is called Spiced English Vermouth as many of the herbs, such as savory and thyme, would be typically found in a traditional English herb garden whilst orange and clove are reminiscent of an Elizabethan pomander – which together with the English wine makes for a singularly English product!
It makes a wonderful Negroni – Alessandro Palazzi from the legendary Dukes London has kindly provided his serve for the back label – or in any classic cocktail recipe, such as a Manhattan or an Old-Fashioned, which requires sweet vermouth. Or simply serve over ice or 50/50 with Sacred Gin. It was awarded 5+ out of 5 by Diffordsguide
Tasting note: Moderately sweet with balancing rooty bitterness. Warmly spiced with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and herbal complexity, lifted by zesty citrus with a long spicy bittersweet finish with red berry, wine and orange zest. It was awarded a 5+ out of 5 by Diffordsguide.