It is not grapes, as normally used for Balsamico vinegar, but apples and pears from Eastern Switzerland that are used to make the “Swiss Mountain Essence”. The fruits are grown on old traditional Swiss trees and impress, on top of their pleasant sourness, in particular thanks to their intense taste and diverse flavour. Cider is carefully made from these fruits using a traditional procedure. Without adding any colourings, flavourings or preservatives, this is then filled into oak barrels, sealed and prepared for storage.
The natural maturity process in French barrique barrels begins with their transportation from the valley to the Jungfraujoch, located at an altitude of 3,400 m, high in the Bernese Alps. In a natural tunnel, in the heart of the mountain, the golden-brown essence develops its complex and diverse flavours with the help of the low-oxygen atmosphere and constant temperature checks. Surrounded by rock that is thousands of years old and at least a few mountain crystals, the Swiss Mountain Essence is in the best company until it leaves the mountains again, at the earliest 18 months later.
The exquisite aromas are developed at 3454 metres above sea level
The conditions are ideal year-round here, deep in the heart of the Jungfraujoch and at the highest balsamico factory in the world. The low-oxygen, Alpine climate allows this completely natural, coveted luxury food product to mature to perfection, becoming more concentrated, viscous and full-bodied each day.
Aged for at least 10 years, our 3454 Beyond Balsamico is given the time it needs to reach its full flavour potential. It owes its potent character to top-quality Swiss apples, which we harvest at peak ripeness and process using traditional methods. The delicate blend is stored in French oak barrels. The maturing process is under constant supervision, guaranteeing the utmost quality.
3454 Mountain Essence contains carefully sought out Swiss fruits ripened to perfection, rounded off with a dash of our premium Beyond Balsamico. Be it apple, apricot, pear, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, quince or plum: these natural balsamicos are the first choice of gourmets and award-winning chefs alike. fruity balsamicos of the finest kind.
Each of the nine varieties is made with tasty, perfectly ripened Swiss fruits, topped off with 5% of the refined 3454 Beyond Balsamico.