How to taste balsamic vinegar

To taste a Balsamic Vinegar of Modena the best way, a precise procedure must be followed, which is set out in three steps:

1. Appearance analysis
2. Smell analysis
3. Taste analysis

First of all, however, you need a goblet, a silver of porcelain teaspoon and a candle.

1.

Appearance analysis

To assess the quality of a balsamic vinegar of Modena, pour about 20g of vinegar into a glass goblet.
The density can be observed by turning the glass, just like in wine tasting,. The thicker the remains left on the walls of the glass, the denser the vinegar.
By placing a lighted candle under the glass, you can see the clarity of the vinegar. The colour should be very dark brown, full and bright, whilst the density, should be syrupy and liquid.
A different colour or runny density is sign of a poor quality wine used at the start.

2.

Smell analysis

We all know the importance of smell. Our sense of smell rarely gets is wrong. That said, it is essential to assess the quality of the balsamic vinegar of Modena’s aromas.
For this second analysis, sit the cup in your right hand, and wrap the palm of your hand around the the cup to warm it.
With your left hand, cover the glass. This will slightly warm the vinegar.
At this point, take the left hand off and inhale deeply three separate times, with your eyes closed. Try to identify the perfume and acidity of balsamic vinegar of Modena, as well as the intensity and persistence. The smell of a good balsamic vinegar from Modena should be complex but well-balanced, strong but sweet and, most importantly, persistent.
If you detect a musty or rancid smell that means that you are tasting balsamic vinegar has not been stored in suitable containers.

3.

Taste analysis

We finally get to the actual tasting stage of balsamic vinegar of Modena. What to do?
In this phase, which is certainly the most important and can ascertain the product quality, you have to taste a small amount (a teaspoon) of product. Once the vinegar is in your mouth, press the liquid against the palate. By doing so the bouquet of aromas and flavours will be released throughout your mouth. At this point, hold the balsamic vinegar in your mouth and slide it around, on the tongue and then inside the roof of your mouth. Is the flavour is sweet but slightly tart, aromatic and intense?
Perfect, it means that what you are tasting is our balsamic vinegar of Modena.

You have just tasted the Due Vittorie Oro balsamic vinegar, slowly matured in oak barrels to acquire the characteristics for which it has been given top marks.

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