Cocchi and The Savoy create vermouth for Martinis

Vermouth brand Cocchi has launched the second bottling in its collaboration with London hotel The Savoy.

The new Cocchi Savoy Vermouth di Torino Dry is the result of a “long-standing relationship” between the brand and five-star hotel The Savoy. The expression is the second edition in the collaboration after the original Savoy Dry, created by 2014 by The American Bar’s head bartender at the time, Erik Lorincz. “Cocchi were the obvious partners as they have an excellent background as winemakers which is a core part to any vermouth,” said Declan McGurk, head of bars at The Savoy. Maxim Schulte, head bartender at The American Bar, and Elon Soddu, head bartender at The Beaufort Bar, teamed up with Cocchi to create a vermouth for the Savoy Martini. The new bottling increases the amount of base wine used in the original, along with the addition of more bergamot infusions, citrus and Alpine herb. It is said to have a “dryer and more floral” taste profile. “The goal was not only a great vermouth but one that would make the best possible Martini,” said Roberto Bava, owner of Cocchi. “We are delighted to hear that The Savoy suggested the Cocchi Savoy Dry be sipped as an elegant vermouth but also as a super-aromatic white wine to accompany food such as oysters.” Cocchi Savoy Vermouth di Torino Dry Second Edition is available to buy from The Savoy and online at The Whisky Exchange for £39.95 (US$53.40) per 500ml bottle.