The Jerry Thomas Project is no ordinary producer. Its headquarters are mysteriously difficult to find; hidden behind a secret door, down a nondescript street near Piazza Navona in Rome, and accessible only with a parola d’ordine; a password, obtained from a fortnightly changing riddle. Yes – you’ve guessed it; the Jerry Thomas Project is better known as Rome’s best speakeasy cocktail bar. Apart from its website and highly active Facebook page (an uncharacteristic feature for most on-trend speakeasies), the Jerry Thomas Project embodies 1920s 'prohibition chic', and is named after the 'father of American mixology' Jeremiah Thomas who popularised cocktails and influenced the development of modern mixology.
The Project is not just a tribute to Jerry Thomas however, it is also a rediscovery of forgotten Italian spirits, a celebration of prohibition drinks with an Italian twist and an advocate for high quality products made with high quality raw Italian ingredients. The base for this vermouth is a Moscato Bianco Langarolo wine to which a pure and meticulously refined alcohol is added along with about fifteen different aromatic and medicinal herbs gathered from alpine slopes surrounding Turin. The sugar added to the vermouth is minimally refined, natural cane sugar. The luxurious amber colour of the Vermouth Del Professore Classico is reminiscent of Marsala and the aromas on the nose fluctuate between hints of the liquorice and bitterness in absinthe, dried straw, mahogany and tea infusions. The medicinal quality in the flavour of the alcohol and its continual underlying bitterness manages to keep in balance with the refreshing flavours of herbs and spices, and is complemented by sweeter notes of ginger and citrus peel, making the vermouth both slightly bitter and slightly sweet.£3.33 per 100.00ml