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Old 09-13-2016, 04:11 PM   #11
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I first tasted real balsamic vinegar at a specialty shop for olive oils and balsamic vinegars in Oak Park, IL, when I was visiting my brother and his family about 10 years ago. I bought it from them online till a shop opened locally; that one recently opened a third location pretty near to me, so I get it there now. Their balsamic vinegars are made in Modena, Italy; the website says it's "aged up to 18 years." The minimum is 12 years, so it's not the top-shelf stuff, but it's very good It's $33.99 for a 750-ml bottle, although they give you a discount for bringing back and refilling the bottles.

I love the stuff. I also have a few flavored balsamics, and a white balsamic. I was so proud of myself yesterday! I went to lunch with a friend yesterday at a restaurant right by the shop. We went in to taste and I didn't buy anything! I bought Gravenstein apple flavored balsamic a couple weeks ago and I don't need more right now.

In case you want to drool a little: Savor the Olive

Strawberry balsamic vinegar is incredible over chocolate ice cream
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:32 PM   #12
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Balsamic Vinegar

Well, after reading everyone's comments, I am looking forward to even better vinegars now. But even the modest upgrade I made was a huge difference. If you are reading this thread and wondering, as I was, if you should splurge on something more expensive than the supermarket stuff, I think yes, you should give it a try.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:34 PM   #13
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nothing better than flavored balsamic vinegars.....equally good are the fig flavored vinegars.......delicious!
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:55 PM   #14
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I admit to being totally cheap.... I get the costco stuff and slather it on ;)
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:03 PM   #15
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Janet, you are a girl after my own heart. My pantry has Alessi and Colavita balsamic vinegars, both grocery store versions, and a bottle of Trader Joe's White Balsamic. I'm happy enough with them. Since I'm cheap frugal, I'd just as soon not experience the pleasures of the high-end vinegars and olive oils. Ignorance is bliss...
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:09 PM   #16
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I once read an article that stated the following:

"If you take the common store balsamic vinegar and boil it down to a thick syrup, it will take that raw taste out of it and make it more palatable."

How true it is, I have no idea. I have never bought it to try.
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Old 09-14-2016, 12:49 AM   #17
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nothing better than flavored balsamic vinegars.....equally good are the fig flavored vinegars.......delicious!
We use a maple balsamic as a finishing touch on sautéed brussels sprouts... fantastic!!!
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:48 AM   #18
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sounds delicious.......have not seen maple-flavored here in `houston but it doesn't mean it doesn;t exist........they say the fig-flavored can be put on ice cream......not that daring yet.......man have we come a long way from 50 years ago when apple cider vinegar was considered ``````````````'well you know`````````'''''
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Old 09-14-2016, 12:31 PM   #19
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sounds delicious.......have not seen maple-flavored here in `houston but it doesn't mean it doesn;t exist........they say the fig-flavored can be put on ice cream......not that daring yet.......man have we come a long way from 50 years ago when apple cider vinegar was considered ``````````````'well you know`````````'''''
Not sure if it's likely to help you if you actually live in Kazakstan, but here's a link for maple balsamic from the online store of the shop I buy from: EVOO Marketplace
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sounds delicious.......have not seen maple-flavored here in `houston but it doesn't mean it doesn;t exist........they say the fig-flavored can be put on ice cream......not that daring yet.......man have we come a long way from 50 years ago when apple cider vinegar was considered ``````````````'well you know`````````'''''
GotGarlic posted this link >>> Dark Balsamic — Savor the Olive. It has many special balsamics and oils including fig, maple, and pomegranate and many more that are interesting.
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