Published on September 1st, 2013 | by Dipsology0
Spirit Spotlight: Noilly Prat Ambré
This is the latest installment in our series of spotlights of awesome vermouths. Check out our Vermouth 101 for an introduction to this delicious category of beverage.
Noilly Prat Ambré is the newest product from this historic French vermouth producer to hit US shelves. Previously only available on site at the Noilly Prat facility in the Languedoc region of France, it is now available for wider distribution stateside.
We got to taste this awesome product at its launch at Tales of the Cocktail. As the name suggests, Noilly Prat Ambré is a deep amber color, and it is sweeter than their classic dry vermouth. On the nose it has notes of bitter and sweet orange with hints of vanilla, while on the tongue it is silky and sweet with a beautiful lush mouthfeel. If you want to know more about Noilly Prat, Camper English wrote a great piece describing both the production methods and the different types (dry, rouge and ambré). Here is our quick and dirty version:
- Noilly Prat’s facility is located on the Mediterranean coast and the base wines for their vermouths are aged outside for an entire year to approximate the long sea voyages the wines used to make back in the good ol’ days of ocean exploration.
- The base wines for the Ambré are two local white wines, the same used to make their dry vermouth. For the Ambré additional botanicals are used including lavender, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Right off the coast oysters are cultivated in extensive beds. No surprise then that Noilly Prat vermouth pairs excellently with these mollusks!
You can enjoy Noilly Prat Ambré over ice, or in cocktails. Here’s a simple spin on the delicious and springy cobbler: Amber Cobbler about 3 oz Noilly Prat Ambré 1 orange slice 1 lemon wedge 2 fresh pineapple wedges without skin 1 dash of orgeat syrup Top up with a splash of Soda For garnish: pineapple, orange wedge, lemon slice,cherry In a mixing glass, muddle the skinless pineapple wedges, 1 slice of orange, and the wedge of lemon. Add Noilly Prat Ambré and ice cubes and stir gently. Strain into a large goblet or highball glass filled with crushed or cracked ice. Top up with a splash of soda and garnish with a pineapple wedge, an orange slice, a lemon slice + fresh cherry Look for Noilly Prat Ambré at PDT, Pegu Club and Saxon + Parole.