To give you an idea of just how rare this particular Balsamic is, they produce just 50 bottles of it each year.
It’s name is certainly not a simple one, and will not be one that many have happened upon before. The Gift Of Oil has a little bit to say on Il Grande Vecchio as follows :
Don’t imagine it drizzled on a salad, this stuff is enjoyed one drop at a time on the finest of foods – lobster, venison, oysters, caviar, foie gras, Parma ham, parmigiano reggiano or even as an after meal liqueur.
Drop for drop it’s as expensive as the finest malts or brandies and at £149.85 for 50ml, everyday use is for the seriously rich, but to feel it on the tongue is to dance with the devil. Lovingly nurtured by three generations of the Mussini family and presented like a rare exotic perfume, each tiny flask is sealed with wax, and carries a certificate of authenticity.
You can have a chance to sample this for yourself if you are one of the many heading to the BBC Good Food Summer Festival which is at the NEC on the 13th-17th June. We will be there, will you?