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Old 09-13-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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I just splurged on a fairly expensive bottle of Balsamic Vinegar ($26 for 8.5 oz.) and I have to admit it was worth it. Much better than the supermarket variety. It is so much better it was like I'd never really had Balsamic Vinegar before.

Anyone else have any experience with this high end stuff? The brand I bought was "QO Gourmet" (Amazon). But they had other brands I would try if someone recommends. Some of them were like $60/oz. Normally I would say no way, but if you get as big a boost going to the super expensive as you do going from the supermarket variety to the stuff I bought, I might just consider it.

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I just splurged on a fairly expensive bottle of Balsamic Vinegar ($26 for 8.5 oz.) and I have to admit it was worth it. Much better than the supermarket variety. It is so much better it was like I'd never really had Balsamic Vinegar before.

Anyone else have any experience with this high end stuff? The brand I bought was "QO Gourmet" (Amazon). But they had other brands I would try if someone recommends. Some of them were like $60/oz. Normally I would say no way, but if you get as big a boost going to the super expensive as you do going from the supermarket variety to the stuff I bought, I might just consider it.
How old is the stuff you bought? The oldest I've seen is 120 years and that was back in 2002. You can imagine the price for a small amount.
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I just splurged on a fairly expensive bottle of Balsamic Vinegar ($26 for 8.5 oz.) and I have to admit it was worth it. Much better than the supermarket variety. It is so much better it was like I'd never really had Balsamic Vinegar before.

Anyone else have any experience with this high end stuff? The brand I bought was "QO Gourmet" (Amazon). But they had other brands I would try if someone recommends. Some of them were like $60/oz. Normally I would say no way, but if you get as big a boost going to the super expensive as you do going from the supermarket variety to the stuff I bought, I might just consider it.
We buy 18 year aged balsamic from a balsamic vinegar and olive oil specialty shop on Main Street in Littleton, CO (conveniently right next door to Savory Spice Shop). They also have very good EVOO, and various infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They can add some real flavor to many dishes.
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The vinegar I bought was aged 12 years and it is quite good. I saw some for sale aged 25 years at $60/oz. (ouch!). In my very rural corner of SW NH, Amazon, etc. are my only options for finding items like this.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:50 PM   #5
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I thought that I didn't like Balsamic vinegar until I bought a bottle of 20 year old stuff at my local one horse town supermarket. The brand is Alessi. The stuff is divine.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:35 PM   #6
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Balsamic vinegar is one of those things you have to look at with a very skeptical eye. A lot of what's sold here in the US is just commercial grade, with sugar, vinegar, and caramel coloring added. First clue, if it contains vinegar, it's not true balsamic, which is only made from grape juice and nothing else.

I hate to say it, but a $26 bottle is not "high end stuff." It's undoubtedly better than a lot of what you will find in most supermarket aisles, though.

There's a great article here that describes the different grades...
Everything You Need to Know About Balsamic Vinegar | Serious Eats
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We buy 18 year aged balsamic from a balsamic vinegar and olive oil specialty shop on Main Street in Littleton, CO (conveniently right next door to Savory Spice Shop). They also have very good EVOO, and various infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They can add some real flavor to many dishes.
Richmond now has a couple of EVOO/vinegar shops. The variety is superb, and the price is $30/750. I understand that most of these single product stores are serviced by the same distributor, so we are probably getting the same product. Definitely worth the price.
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Balsamic vinegar is one of those things you have to look at with a very skeptical eye. A lot of what's sold here in the US is just commercial grade, with sugar, vinegar, and caramel coloring added. First clue, if it contains vinegar, it's not true balsamic, which is only made from grape juice and nothing else.

I hate to say it, but a $26 bottle is not "high end stuff." It's undoubtedly better than a lot of what you will find in most supermarket aisles, though.

There's a great article here that describes the different grades...
Everything You Need to Know About Balsamic Vinegar | Serious Eats
I believe you are correct. The supermarket product is produced commercially in a day, while the good product is naturally fermented and aged for years.
IMO, while not not the best hundred year aged product, the medium priced ($30) is very good. My current bottle has a claimed age of 18 years. Works for me.
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Thanks. I'm going to try that brand. I see that both Amazon and WalMart carry it.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:48 PM   #10
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This looks good. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken - foodiecrush
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