Italian distiller Vecchia Romagna has announced a unique new ultra-premium spirit Riserva Anniversario, a limited-edition grape brandy released to celebrate the distiller’s bicentenary year.
In 1820, Jean Buton, master distiller at the Imperial House of Napoleon I, left France to settle in Italy, in Bologna, where he founded the first Italian steam distillery. In 1939 Cognac Buton, a high-end distillate produced by the company became Vecchia Romagna.
The exclusive run of just 200 70cl decanters contains expertly blended and matured distillates stretching as far back as 1952. The first will go on sale via The Whisky Exchange, for £3,500,
Each crystal decanter is handcrafted, individually numbered, and signed by the Salviati Master Glassmakers In Murano, Venice. The iconic triangular design offers a visual representation of the Vecchia Romagna method that uniquely brings together its three key pillars of distillation, ageing and blending.
Each comes complete with a bespoke, handcrafted case and glorifier inspired by the fine oak barrels’ wooden staves used to make Vecchia Romagna, and featuring hand-stitched Italian leather. It’s the latest, and most exotic addition to the Vecchia Romagna Reserve premium range.
The exclusive run of just 200 70cl decanters contains expertly blended and matured distillates stretching as far back as 1952…
The blending of five individually selected casks, says the distiller, has resulted in a blend with ‘unsurpassed elegance and complexity and offer a multisensorial journey through spice, fruit, sweetness, and woody notes.’
Aged in fine oak casks and barrique sourced, crafted, and seasoned under the watchful eyes of Vecchia Romagna’s Maestro, each drop of Riserva Anniversario presents a base of sweet, almost buttery, caramel mixed with dark and tropical fruit flavours punctuated by subtle overtones of cinnamon, clove, mace, cardamom, and coriander.
The brandy has gone through a double distillation process, using both discontinuous and continuous distillation methods, which concentrate the aroma and scent of the original wine. ABV is 48 per cent.
On the nose, deep walnut, coffee, and tobacco notes offer a refined and earthy note, according to the tasting notes. The finish is a long, unctuous mouth coating.
The launch of Riserva Anniversario comes as part of a growing portfolio of premium Italian aged brown spirits, or Vinum Sublimatum as it was once called in Italy centuries ago.
The range includes Vecchia Romagna Etichetta Nera, distilled from Trebbiano grapes, available at Waitrose, and Vecchia Romagna Tre Botti, a blend of brandies aged in three different cask types ranging from French oak barriques, Slavonian oak casks and Italian red wine barrels, available at The Whisky Exchange.