Aged: No age statement
Product of: South Africa
Acorus calamus (Kalmoes) is a key ingredient to modern-day Caperitif but the American Food and Drug Administration have not allowed extracts of Acorus calamus to be used in foodstuffs since the 1960s, so American bottlings of are infused separately without Kalmoes but more cinnamon.
The producers of Caperitif make no claim to using or recreating the original recipe, this is a modern-day interpretation of a long-lost tonic wine rather than a reproduction.
Classic cocktails original made wit Caperitif include:
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 19/11/2019
(sample bottle batch No. L7, A1596, Kapse Dief) Clear, deep amber orange.
Quinine, pine, bay leaf, zesty orange and oregano.
Bittersweet and intensely flavoured. Bitter quinine and pine, sweet grape and orange, with layers of herbal complexity (mint, sage, oregano, bay leaf and black tea) invigorated by a mild black pepper spice.
Long finish with lingering cleansing bitter quinine and zesty citrus.
One of the world's more fully flavoured aperitif wines with assertive quinine bitterness and a citrus freshness over a complex aromatic herbal wine-infused base. Caperitif has the assertive quinine flavour of Tempus Fugit's Kina L'Aéro d'Or but has much less sugar and the mouth-puckering dryness of a fino sherry. If Capertif is not available, for cocktail recipes, substitute equal parts Tempus Fugit's Kina L'Aéro and Lillet Blanc, or even just Lillet Blanc.