My wife mixed up a round of Martinis the other day for us and she commented on the aroma of the bottle of vermouth when she opened it. She said it was “extra vermouthy.” I had the ballgame on the radio and didn’t pay that much attention to the remark. On my first sip, I asked if she made our usual ratio (~4-1) or went wetter. She said it was the same.
So I checked out the bottle. It was opened just minutes before, and the aroma and taste were definitely off/different than what I am used to from Martini Extra Dry. I had another new bottle (.375 ml) in the fridge, so I cracked that one open too and it was the same: much more floral and sweeter than usual. Since then I have tried one more bottle in the larger liter packaging (from a different store), and it was different than what I am used to as well. While visiting the inlaws a week ago I opened a bottle that I had stashed (unopened) half a year ago in the pantry for emergencies at their house and it was spot on what we are used to.
We alternate between Martini and Noilly Prat every few months and probably use a .375 ml in the house every week and a half or so. It was noticeable enough to change our ratio when using the Martini Extra Dry. This may not have hit a bar that buys a case or more of the stuff for pricing reasons but for personal use a bottle at a time off the shelf at a liquor store, I am noticing a change.
Curious if any picky Martini drinkers have noticed a change over the last few weeks to a month with their products?