Punt e Mes means “point and a half”. This actually makes sense based on the flavor profile. It is two parts sweet and one part bitter. Traditionally, Italian vermouths are a mix of bitter herbs, sweet wine, sugar and a fortifying distilled alcohol base. Punt e Mes is a perfect example of the style. Made by the Carpano family (of Carpano Antica fame) until 2001, this Italian vermouth is now produced by the Fratelli Branca company.
Punt e Mes (32 proof)
Visual: Very dark brown.
Nose: Slightly medicinal in the vein of a Ricola lozenge.
Taste: Quite sweet and yet at the same time, slightly sour and bitter. The bitterness creeps in towards the end after a large hit of slightly burnt caramel sweetness. The herbal profile is mild and fairly mellow.
Finish: More sweetness than I prefer. I’m reminded of cola syrup.
Overall: Better than many Italian vermouths, but somehow lacking a distinct herbal sensibility.
GSN Rating: B
For more information go to: Fratelli Branca