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What's the best Balsamic and where can I buy it ?

Minskore Feb 14, 2011 08:03 AM

Where can I find the best Balsamic, the one that's thick, and sweet tasting, not grocery store stuff that's like vinegar.

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  1. jlunar RE: Minskore Feb 14, 2011 09:09 AM

    Well if you want, you can head to Cheese Boutique and buy some 25-year aged balsamic. Should run you a few hundred dollars!

    Or... buy the grocery store stuff and then reduce it in a pot.

    Cheese Boutique
    45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

    1. TorontoJo RE: Minskore Feb 14, 2011 09:11 AM

      "Best" is certainly subjective -- there are lots of high quality balsamics out there that can range from $30 for a 200 ml bottle to a couple of hundred of dollars. A great way to explore is to go to the olive oil bar at Pusateri's and they will let you taste pretty much any of the balsamic vinegars they carry. A really good option is their house-branded 12-year old balsamic. Good value for good quality. Thick, rich and sweet. But there a lots of other options if you're willing to pay even more.

      1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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        ThreeEm RE: TorontoJo Feb 14, 2011 12:09 PM

        i totally agree with the above. you don't even necessarily have to buy from them but at least you'll get an idea of the flavour of each brand. taste in balsamic is completely subjective and therefore you need to actually try it. generally though, if they don't let you try the stuff, be wary.

        personally, i don't like it aged to oblivion, especially if the stuff they start with isn't great. reminds me of ribena, actually.

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          petek RE: ThreeEm Feb 14, 2011 12:22 PM

          I agree with jlunar.Buy the grocery store stuff,dump it into a pot,add some sugar and reduce. It'll come out as thick and sweet as you want it.

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