tip for you: you can make the syrup simply by putting some balsamic into a little bowl (not plastic.), covering it with a cheesecloth so it can breathe without letting dust and the like fall into it. let it sit around on your kitchen counter, table, wherever, for a couple of days or more. it will thicken thru evaporation, become sweet and wonderful. you will not recognize it as what came out of the bottle. replenish as needed. mine lives on the counter as a permanent fixture. no heat. no smell that will drive you out of the kitchen, and it is always available. wonderful drizzled over strawberries, in a salad dressing,or whatever else you want to do with it. enjoy!