I was introduced to Artisanal Kitchen earlier this summer when they sent me their Three Olives Extra Virgin Olive Oil to review. It received a rare five out of five rating from me so when they said they would like to send me their award-winning aged balsamic vinegar Aceto Balsamico Di Modena, I of course, said yes!
A dark elixir that is beautifully-scented, I was happy to discover it was not too strong or overpowering. There was no edge to its bouquet.
I could not wait to test it in our favourite salad, a mix of spring greens, kiwis, strawberries, homemade candied pecans and a sprinkling of goat cheese, drizzled with the simple yet super-flavourful vinaigrette. We eat this salad a few times a week and in fact, had it last night. It was the perfect platform to test the vinegar.
How did it do? Beautifully. Smooth and subtle, for those who are sensitive to the harshness of vinaigrettes this would not offend. I personally am OK with more punch but must admit, this did take our salad up a notch when it comes to sophistication.
I remember the first time going to an Italian restaurant and being given a bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip bread in. I thought I was in foodie heaven! Vinegar that was so delicious I just wanted to sop every drop up with a baguette.
This is one of those gifts from the foodie gods. Such a treat, I think this is how I am going to enjoy the last of the bottle they sent me. With lots and lots of bread. Absolutely delicious, I could not have been happier to discover a balsamic vinegar that was not too powerful to partake in this foodie ritual.
I think this would be one of those products that would make the perfect gift for a discerning foodie who is hard to please. I know I would be thrilled and honoured to have a bottle of Aceto Balsamico Di Modena in my pantry.
I give this product five out of five wooden spoons.