Traditional balsamic vinegar specifically refers to balsamic vinegar that consists ONLY of wine must that has been barrel-aged for more than 12 years.
Traditional balsamic vinegar is VERY EXPENSIVE and sold ONLY in distinctive 100 ml bottles. Typically, a 100 ml bottle (a little over 3 oz.) of 12 year old traditional balsamic vinegar sells for roughly $100.
To avoid adulteration, false labeling or contamination, the Italian consortium collects and tests the wine must from authorized producers and then bottles and seals the vinegar with its own distinctive seal.
Using Gourmet Living’s brands to illustrate the difference, found below are certified bottles of Traditional (DOP or PDO) 12 year-old balsamic vinegar and a premium brand of IGP certified balsamic vinegar which consists ONLY of barrel-aged wine must AND aged wine vinegar.
Sadly, there are many dishonest vendors who falsely label their product as TRADITIONAL balsamic vinegar or DOP balsamic vinegar when it is not. Again, TRADITIONAL balsamic vinegar is sold only in distinctive 100 ml bottles and costs roughly $100.
To avoid competing against other Vendors who falsely misrepresent their products on Amazon and other retail venues, Gourmet Living only sells Traditional Balsamic Vinegar on its own website. For a limited time only, you may purchase authentic 12-year old traditional balsamic vinegar for only $97.50. It comes with a distinctive decorative box, ceramic spoon and pouring spout as shown below:
This makes a wonderful Christmas gift for for fellow gourmets who appreciate the distinctive taste of traditional balsamic vinegar.
For more information about our summer balsamic vinegar promotion, CLICK HERE.