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Carpano Punt E Mes*Packaging may vary

Carpano Punt E Mes

Staff Pick

Dessert & Fortified Wine /16% ABV / Italy



Tasting Notes



Dried Fruit

Dried Fruit



Food Pairing

Dessert - Fruit, Cured Meats



Product Description

Carpano Punt e Mes is a pleasantly bitter, slightly sweet, and utterly delightful red vermouth; this baby brother of Carpano Formula Antica is vermouth as it should be. The formula was developed in 1870 in Antonino Carpano's bar in Piedmont, and the distinctive 15-herb recipe is still a family secret. You'll enjoy it straight up or in a wide variety of classic cocktails.

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Community Reviews

4.8(7 Reviews)
  • Lex L.
    Verified Buyer
    Apr 7 2021
    Verified Buyer

    N/a haven’t tried it yet

  • Susan
    Verified Buyer
    Feb 7 2021
    Verified Buyer

    Bought this because it was a staff pick. Very smooth, excellent sweet vermouth for a perfect Manhattan

  • Michael T.
    Verified Buyer
    Dec 24 2020
    Verified Buyer

    Substituted it with Noilly Prat vermouth without notifying me first

  • Oliver
    Verified Buyer
    Apr 27 2020
    Verified Buyer

    Great vermouth!

  • allison
    Verified Buyer
    Sep 7 2018
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  • Jake
    Verified Buyer
    Apr 11 2018
    Verified Buyer

    It isn't overly sweet like sweet vermouth, and isn't super astringent like dry vermouth. It is the only vermouth I've found tastes good straight, and serves as a non-dominant mixer that adds a thicker mouthfeel to cocktails.

  • Nina L.
    Verified Buyer
    Apr 28 2016
    Verified Buyer

    Not your mother's sweet vermouth by any means. A richer, more potent spirit. Definitely sends my Bourbon Manhattan into a new, more complex experience. Well worth trying as long as you're not expecting sweet, with a capital S, vermouth. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did.

Drizly's take

Carpano Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth with fresh aromas of citrus fruits. The color extends from golden red to dark vermilion and carries topaz tones. This aperitif is an essential ingredient in several popular blends.

Punt e Mes vermouth displays shades of dark dahlia. It bears traces of herbs and delivers bitter notes on the palate that are characteristic of quina. Usually enjoyed with a sliver of orange or lemon rind, it's one of the base spirits for cocktails. For example, Milano Torino uses this drink as the base with additional bitters, fruit peel and ice. It begins as a sweet vermouth flavor followed by traces of bitterness and ends with a sugary finish.

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