$ — 18%ABV — Dry
If it's hard pinning down exactly what kind of herbal flavor you smell in Cinzano [chin-zah-noh], it's probably because there are many in play: sage, rosemary, mint, even parsley and thyme! Practically the whole culinary herb rack is dumped in here!
There is a teensy bit of bitterness here, from vermouth's namesake wormwood, but not very much. So bitters fans can dash away in a Cinzano cocktail without worrying about overdoing it.
Vermouth brands are well-known for their character and flair, especially in advertising, and Cinzano's no different. They were an early adopter of the neon sign, and first to have their name written across a Paris boulevard in luminous gas!
Despite the (very) cheap ticket price, there's plenty of sophistication here, and it's a great herbal alternative to the very popular Dolin brand.