GSN Review: Dos Déus Vermouth

Located in Bellmunt del Priorat, Spain, the Dos Déus range is a traditional Spanish vermouth with a modern approach, produced with local wine and matured in Sherry barrels. Dos Déus refers to the Roman god Janus, the god of the two faces (the beginnings and the ends, the past and the future, day and night). This duality also applies to the vermouth, as it is conceived to be enjoyed both in traditional aperitifs and as a key ingredient in cocktails and mixed drinks.

The initial US launch will see the three core expressions of Dry White Vermouth Reserve, White Vermouth, and Red Vermouth Reserve available.

Dry White Vermouth Reserve (Zeus) The dry white vermouth is made from 90 percent local macabeo grapes and 10 percent mistela, a fortified wine blended with 39 herbs and spices, including blue ginger, black pepper and angelica root. It can be used both as extra-dry vermouth and as dry vermouth, given its unique, and natural, sweet notes. GSN’s Remarks: Dry, tannic, and slightly spicy at first, it softens and opens up with a palatable herb blend. We enjoy the smoothness and the flavor profile makes it perfect for sipping on its own. GSN Rating: A-

White Vermouth (Poseidon) Is produced with 100 percent local muscat grapes, blended with 38 herbs and spices, including thyme, sage, chamomile and vanilla. GSN’s Remarks: Much sweeter than the dry white, the grape character comes through loud and clear. The herbs are much softer here as well, but what really make this unique is the soft vanilla character. Very interesting, unusual and creative. GSN Rating: A-

Red Vermouth Reserve (Athena) This red vermouth is complex, combining different aging methods, such as Sherry barrels and Priorat red wine barrels with a blend of botanicals. It is produced with locally sourced Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada grapes blended with 40 herbs and spices, including sandalwood, aloe vera and juniper. GSN’s Remarks: A soft, approachable sweet vermouth that has none of the burnt caramel character you often find. The herb blend is understated, but adds a touch of bitterness and warmth. Try this in a Manhattan. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Dos Déus Vermouth

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